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A cartoon from August 1914 commenting on the resistance of Belgium to German forces
Punch Archive: PU00082)
Punch; cartoon on Belgium resistance to Germany, 1914

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Study this source carefully. There are details in this source that will help you to answer the key question. As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • Who are the two figures in the cartoon?
  • 'No Thoroughfare' means 'No Way Through'. What does the cartoonist mean by this?
  • Compare the way the two figures are drawn. Which one has the support of the cartoonist?
  • Is it possible to say whether this cartoon reflects public opinion in Britain at the time?
  • Do you think the cartoon might have influenced public opinion or government policy?

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