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"Grinning death's head" Artist unknown, 1939-1945. Pencil on paper.

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Grinning death's head

"Grinning death's head" Artist unknown, 1939-1945

Catalogue ref: INF 3/253Links to the Catalogue


A pencilled careless talk drawing of a grinning death's head skull wearing a German U-boat sailor uniform, with a skeletal hand cupping it's ear in order to listen to useful information, including ‘sailing dates, cargoes or destinations'. With the UK a maritime nation, reliant upon many imported goods, the U-boat created havoc with merchant shipping. With good information, targeting could be more precise, and the damage more devastating.