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British Propaganda Cartoons
Still Not Letting Go—and Still Breathing! The Prussian Eagle: "This is no good to me. That pup's growing every minute. I've half a mind to fly away." From The Sketch, London

The German Eagle (symbol of Imperial Gemany) is shown as bloddied and missing feathers after tangling with the British Bulldog ( a symbol of the British Empire).

British Propaganda Cartoons
Going! Going! ——? The Barbarian Finds His "Place in the Sun" Too Hot for Him. From The Tatler, London

A fat German "Barbarian" is shown as retreating from his colonies in China in the face of the heat from the Rising Sun of Japan. Contrast this portrayal of the German as fat and cowardly with the German cartoon depicting a lone and brave German knight defending the German outpost in China against overwhelming odds.

British Propaganda Cartoons
Turkey: "I'm getting a bit fed up with this. I shall kick soon."

Austria: "Well, I was thinking of lying down."

The Germans are depicted as driving a war weary Ottoman Empire which they control as they would a horse. - From Punch, London.

British Propaganda Cartoons
Kaiser: "My poor bird, what has happened to your tail feathers?"
German Eagle: "Can you bear the truth, Sire?"
Kaiser: "If it's not for publication."
German Eagle: "It's like this, then. You told me the British lion was contemptible. Well—he wasn't!"
- From Punch, London.

At the start of the war, the Kaiser had referred to the British army as contemptible. Many of the British soldiers referred to the veterans who were in the army at the start of the war (as opposed to later recruits) as Old Contemptibles, as a badge of honour.

British Propaganda Cartoons
The Man Behind the Kaiser

The Kaiser's chief adviser is depicted as effeminate. From the Bystander, London.

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