Second World War propaganda
By S.P.K. , 1942

[Churchill Octopus] Confiance... Ses Amputations se Poursuivent Méthodiquement Have Confidence His Amputations are Being Methodically Executed

Africa Continent of Africa
  • Author: S.P.K.
  • Publication place: [France
  • Publication date: c.1942].
  • Physical description: Chromolithograph poster.
  • Dimensions: 1195 by 802mm (47 by 31.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1293


Rare poster Second World War propaganda poster published in Vichy France.

Churchill is caricatured here as a voracious octopus with tentacles grabbing key sites of British involvement in the Second World War. The tentacles are shown being amputated by the German forces and their allies. The strategic locations singled out on the map are meant to appeal to the emotions of the French people. Fresh in the public consciousness were Britain’s controversial campaigns against German expansion in the French colonial sites of Dakar and Mers-el-Kébir, which left many Frenchmen dead.