RAEMAEKERS CARTOONS OF WWI - vol. 1
RAEMAEKERS CARTOONS OF WWI vol. 1
This book was especially republished to raise funds for the ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
33% of the publishers profit from the sale of this book set will be donated to the ROYAL BRITISH LEGION.
Throughout history cartoons can have had a powerful psychological, emotional, and political impact. One hundred years before WWI, Napoleon is reported to have said that the English caricaturist James Gillray "did more than all the armies in Europe to bring me down.
During World War I, no cartoonist exercised more influence than Louis Raemaekers of Holland. Charged with "endangering Dutch neutrality," his cartoons led the German Government to offer a 12,000 guilder reward for his capture, dead or alive. A German newspaper, summarizing the terms of peace Germany would exact after it won the war, declared that Indemnity would be demanded for every one of Raemaekers' cartoons.
Raemaekers cartoons were also instrumental in fighting against deeply entrenched American isolationism. When, in 1917, the United States entered the war, Raemaekers embarked on a lecture tour of the USA and Canada, rallying the new allies for support and arguing the case for mobilisation against the German Empire. The Christian Science Monitor commented From the outset his works revealed something more than the humorous or ironical power of the caricaturist; they showed that behind the mere pictorial comment on the war was a man who thought and wrought with deep and uncompromising conviction as to right and wrong.
All too often art critics, art historians, aestheticians, and others have dismissed cartoons and caricatures as silly not serious trivial, and irrelevant. Yet, as you will see with the cartoons in this first volume, here are cartoons and caricatures that, in retrospect, possibly had more effect on the German High Command and German populace than possibly a new Allied offensive, giving weight to the adage The Pen is Mightier than the Sword. - if only pen and paper could have been used to greater effect in this, the Great War.
33% of the net profit from the sale of this book will be donated to the British Legion for their continued work with Returned Servicemen.
Excerpt from RAEMAEKERS CARTOONS OF WWI vol. 1
IS IT YOU, MOTHER?
A corporal named Houston narrated that while he lay wounded on the ground, after the battle of Soissons, he saw a young English soldier lying near him, delirious. A German soldier gave the poor lad water from his flask. The young Englishman, his mind wandering, said, Is it you, mother? The German comprehended, and to maintain the illusion, caressed his face with a mothers soft touch. The poor boy died shortly afterwards and the German soldier, on getting to his feet, was seen to be crying.
NOTE: The Battle of Soissons raged from July 1822, 1918 between German and French with assistance from American troops. The Allies suffered 125,000 casualties (95,000 French, 13,000 British and 12,000 American), while the Germans suffered 168,000 casualties.
The battle ended with the French recapturing most of the ground lost to the German Spring Offensive in May 1918.
Table of Contents for RAEMAEKERS CARTOONS OF WWI vol. 1
|CHRISTENDOM AFTER TWENTY CENTURIES|
|THE HARVEST IS RIPE|
|I CRUSH WHATEVER RESISTS ME|
|THIS IS HOW I DEAL WITH SMALL FRY|
|GOTT MITT UNS|
|MON FILS. BELGIUM, 1914|
|THE SHIELDS OF RÖSSELAERE|
|THEY SHOT HER AS A FRANC-TIREUR|
|AERSCHOT AND AFTERWARDS|
|FROM LIEGETO AIX-LA-CHAPELLE|
|SPOILS FOR THE VICTORS|
|HUSBANDS AND FATHERS|
|ITS FATTENING WORK|
|KULTUR HAS PASSED HERE|
|PEACE REIGNS AT DINANT|
|LES BEAUTÉS DE LA GUERRE|
|DINANT: I SEE FATHER|
|IS IT YOU, MOTHER?|
|MEN TO THE RIGHT, WOMEN TO THE LEFT|
|A PITIFUL EXODUS|
|WE WAGE WAR ON DIVINE PRINCIPLES|
|PROSPERITY REIGNS IN FLANDERS|
|TO YOUR HEALTH, CIVILIZATION!|
|A CONFLICT OF TESTIMONY|
|THE MOTHERS OF BELGIUM|
|KREUZLAND, KREUZLAND ÜBER ALLES|
|THE WIDOWS OF BELGIUM|
|FAMINE IN BELGIUM|
|WAR LOAN MUSIC|
|LIBERTÉ! LIBERTÉ CHÈRIE!|
|THE HIGHER POLITICS|
|LUTHER-LIEBKNECHT IN THE REICHSTAG|
|THE LAND MINE|
|THE VERY STONES CRY OUT|
|THE BRAGGART RHEIMSWAR AND CHRIST|
|WE ARE ON OUR WAY TO CALAIS!|
|WRITE IT DOWN, SCHOOLMASTER|
|THE SEA MINE|
|HIS MASTERS VOICE|
|THE TYPHUS INFERNO AT WITTENBERG|
|THE WONDERS OF CULTURE|
|TIRPITZ LAST HOPEPIRACY|
|ALCOHOLISMBRITONS NEVER WILL BE SLAVES|
|ISNT IT AN ENJOYABLE WAR?|
|A LETTER FROM THE GERMAN TRENCHES|
|THE MUNITION SHORTAGE|
|I HAD SUCH A DELIGHTFUL DREAM THAT THE WHOLE THING WAS NOT TRUE|
|FOX TIRPITZ PREACHING TO THE GEESE|
|BETHMANN-HOLLWEG AND TRUTH|
|THE GAS FIEND|
|HULLO! POTSDAM? DID YOU THANK YOUR DEAR OLD GOD FOR THIS NEW SUCCESS?|
|THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI|
|ALL IS QUIET IN BELGIUM|
|GERMANY: GOTT STRAFE ENGLAND! OR I WILL DO IT MYSELF|
|WELL, HAVE YOU NEARLY DONE?|
|THE LUSITANIAHERODS NIGHTMARE|
|VICTIMS OF GERMAN KULTUR|
|THIS IS TOO BORING, DO SUGGEST SOMETHING NEW|
|HAVE ANOTHER PIECE?|
|THE BROKEN ALLIANCE AND ITALY|
|GOTT STRAFE ITALIEN|
|THE LATIN SISTERS|
|THE ZEPPELIN TRIUMPH|
|MY SON, GO AND FIGHT FOR YOUR MOTHERLAND|
|THE SACRIFICEFOR HUMANITYS SAKE|
|ANOTHER GERMAN VICTORY|
|HE WAS A BRAVE ZEPP, HE HAD ALREADY KILLED OVER ONE HUNDRED WOMEN AND CHILDREN|
|THE GREAT SURPRISE|
|BOTHA TO BRITAIN|
|THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH IN ARMS|
|JOHN BULL: COME ON, MICHAEL, IM AWAKE NOW|
|THE ENVOY TO HER MAJESTY|
|BETTER A LIVING DOG THAN A DEAD LION|
|THE DUTCH JUNKERS|
|THE EAGLE IN THE HEN RUN|
|OUR CANDID FRIEND|
|THE FREE SEA|
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