La Volonté d'Agression de l'Allemagne est Établie [Germany’s Aggressive Intentions Have Been Established]

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  • Art.IWM PST 4379
Art and Popular Design
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  • Support: paper
  • medium: lithograph and letterpress
  • Support: Height 653 mm, Width 499 mm
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  • object category: Poster

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whole: the image is positioned in the lower half, held within a red border. The title is separate and positioned in the upper quarter, in red and in black. The text is separate and positioned in the upper half below the title, and in the lower quarter, in red and in black. All set against a white background. image: a caricature of Kaiser Wilhelm II looking over a wall dividing Germany and France. On the German side of the wall are stockpiles of artillery guns, howitzers, ammunition shells, poison gas and Benzol (a highly flammable chemical). The figure of Death can be seen in the background. On the French side of the wall a farmer and his family harvest their crops. The scythe held by the farmer echoes the scythe held by Death. text: LA VOLONTÉ D'AGRESSION DE L'ALLEMAGNE est établie par l'accumulation secrète d'un matériel de guerre tellement disproportionné avec celui des peuples voisins qu'il ne pouvait avoir un but simplement défensif Juillet 1914 -:- Des deux côtés de la Frontière L'Allemagne espérait ainsi réaliser son plan de Domination mondiale dit: PLAN PANGERMANISTE DONT L'EXISTENCE EST FORMELLEMENT RECONNUE par les ouvrages allemands: Gross Deutschland und Mitteleuropa um das jahr 1950 et Gross Deutschland, par Otto Richard Tannenberg, publiés à Berlin et Leipzig en 1895 et 1911 Extrait de la brochure: '... et LA LUMIÈRE se fait ...', pages 18 et 19. Typographie Adrien Maréchal, 158, Quai de Jemmapes, Paris. [Germany’s aggressive intentions have been established by a secret stockpiling of war material that is so disproportionate to that held by neighbouring peoples that it could not have a purely defensive aim. July 1914. On either side of the frontier Germany thus hoped to implement its plan of world domination known as the pan-Germanist plan, the existence of which is formally recognized by German works: 'Gross Deutschland und Mitteleuropa um das Jahr 1950' and 'Gross Deutschland' by Otto Richard Tannenberg, published in Berlin and Leipzig in 1895 and 1911. Extract from the brochure: '... Et la lumière se fait ...', pages 18 and 19. Typography by Adrien Maréchal [address].]

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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 4375, PST 4376, PST 4377, PST 4378 and PST 4380).

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