This cartoon appeared in the Daily Mail on July
19th 1945. The Mail was a deeply patriotic British newspaper. It was also
very anti- German, like most papers at the end of the war.
The Daily Mail was also beginning to have some
suspicions about the USSR by the summer of 1945. Many American newspapers
were much more open about their mistrust of the USSR.
The menu refers to the publication of the issues
under discussion at the Potsdam Conference.
The woman on the right is Clementine Churchilll
(wife of Winston Churchill) and the one on the left is Violet Attlee, wife
of Clement Atlee, Leader of the Opposition.
At the time of the cartoon, the British election
had finished (July 9th) but the results were not in until July 25th. This
was because so many voters in the Armed Forces were scattered all over the
As a result both Churchill and Attlee attended
the Potsdam Conference in Berlin.
Churchill's indigestion may have come from the
discussions at Potsdam, and it may have been made worse by a feeling that
he was going to lose the election.