Le Grand Etat-Major Allemand

Catalogue number
  • Art.IWM PST 4375
Department
Art and Popular Design
Place made
France
Subject period
Materials
  • Support: paper
  • medium: lithograph and letterpress
Dimensions
  • Support: Height 649 mm, Width 496 mm
Alternative names
  • object category: Poster
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Category
posters

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Object description

whole: the main image is positioned at the centre, with a smaller image positioned upper centre. The title is separate and positioned across the top edge, in red. The text is separate and occupies the remainder, in black and in red. Two text panels are positioned down the left and right-hand sides with black and red borders. All set against a white background. image: the main image shows Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg watching over a scene of burning ruins, dead bodies, and a firing squad. Above him the crowned female figure of Resistance rises from the smoke, wearing a cloak and breastplate, and armed with a rifle. The smaller image shows a German eagle tearing up a treaty. text: Le Grand Etat-Major allemand AVAIT PRÉMÉDITÉ SES ATROCITÉS Les Nations qui participèrent à la Conférence de la Haye jurèrent solennellement de pratiquer la guerre selon les lois de l'Humanité civilisée. L'Allemagne, cependant, tout en souscrivant à cet engagement sacré, dévoilait ses intentions de n'en pas tenir compte dans les instructions données à ses armées par le 'Kriegsbrauch'. [extracts from the 'Kriegsbauch', the German instructions to their troops, follow] La Résistance HINDENBURG a dit: Plus une guerre est impitoyable, plus elle est humaine en réalité car s'achèvera plus vite. Erreur criminelle Monsieur le Maréchal! [extracts from the 'Kriegsbauch', the German instructions to their troops, follow] C'est à la terreur qu'on doit la prolongation de la guerre, car elle a créé l'inébranlable résolution de résister et de vaincre. En effect, vis-à-vis d'un adversaire tel que l'Allemagne, LA LIBERTÉ OU L'ESCLAVAGE VOILA L'ENJEU DE LA GUERRE Exrait de la brochure '... et LA LUMIÈRE se fait ...', pages 7, 8 et 9. Typographie Adrien Maréchal, 158, Quai de Jemmapes, Paris.

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This poster claims that the German army has violated the humanitarian aims of the Hague conference, which can be seen in the instructions to troops - the 'Kriegsbrauch'- Requirements of War. The two text panels give extracts from the 'Kriegsbrauch' detailing harsh treatments for military and civilian enemies. Further text below refutes Hindenburg's quotation that a pitiless swift war is more humane than a slow one by saying that terror evokes resistance.

Physical description

Part of a series of posters created from extracts from a booklet entitled '... et la Lumière se Fait ...' (see also PST 4320, PST 4374, PST 4376, PST 4377, PST 4378, PST 4379 and PST 4380).

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