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Thoroughness, WW1 cartoon by William Heath Robinson

Mopping-up the floods in Belgium: the new German method. Spiking the water with a combination of sausages, sauerkraut and lager, legions of German soldiers manage to mop up floods in Belgium simply by drinking the water! Date: 1915

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Belgian Eating Flood Floods Germans Greedy Heath Lager Mopping Robinson Sausages Silly Stereotype Stereotypes Stereotypical Thirsty Sauerkraut Spiking


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This print by the renowned British cartoonist, William Heath Robinson, titled "Thoroughness: Mopping-up the floods in Belgium - the new German method," dates back to 1915 during the tumultuous period of World War I. The cartoon satirically portrays a scene of German soldiers diligently 'mopping up' the floodwaters in Belgium, an area heavily affected by the war. The soldiers, depicted in stereotypical fashion, are seen wading through the water, armed with large mops, while their comrades in the background are busy spiking the water with an assortment of German delicacies - sausages, sauerkraut, and lager. The soldiers' thirst and greed are evident as they eagerly drink the water, seemingly unaware or unconcerned about the potential consequences. The humor in this cartoon lies in the absurdity of the situation, as well as the stereotypical portrayal of the Germans, which was common during the war. The cartoonist masterfully employs the use of exaggerated imagery and satire to comment on the war and the actions of the German soldiers. This print, a testament to the power of humor in times of hardship, remains a fascinating glimpse into the historical context of World War I and the ways in which people coped with the challenges of the time. William Heath Robinson's "Thoroughness" is a must-have for any collection of historical cartoons or for those interested in the history of World War I.

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