One of the most famous Punch cartoons of the First World War.
The issue of Punch published on 12th August 1914 was the first one to be edited after the declaration of war. Previous ones had cartoons referring to the political situation in Europe ( see 01 and 02) but this issue had other cartoons about the war as well. It carried one of the most famous full page political cartoons of the war. ‘Bravo Belgium’ has been used, for example, in school history lessons. It was discussed in “Cartoons and the historian” by Roy Douglas.
“How did the beginning of the 1914 war look to various belligerents? Many British people are familiar with the F. H. Townsend cartoon in Punch, showing a type-cast German, complete with sausages, threatening a boy who defends a gate marked “No Thoroughfare”. The cartoon carries the caption “Bravo, Belgium!” The German attack on Belgium was the nominal cause of British intervention, and it certainly…
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