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Culture has passed by

Raemaekers, Louis, 1916, Chromolithograph
Culture has passed by
Culture has passed by
Culture has passed by
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Culture has passed by
"A German aviator's exploit: A German aeroplane, flying over Paris, dropped several bombs, one of which killed an old gentleman, and another of which wounded a little girl, whose leg had to be amputated. - Daily Paper, 27 September 1914.'

"The Zeppelin air raid over the Midlands, 31 January 1916, which resulted in a total of 67 killed and 117 injured, innocent victims, called forth loud demands in England for a policy of reprisals. Field-Marshal Sir Evelyn Wood, in a letter to The times, rebuking its advocates, stated that the German Higher Command was too business-like in its methods to waste bombs on dwelling-houses, when their object was the destruction of docks and munition factories; and the Bishops at the Upper House of Convocation of Canterbury, on 17 February 1916, passed a resolution, with one dissentient, declaring that 'the adoption of such a mode of retaliation, even for barbarous outrages, would permanently lower the standard of honourable conduct between nation and nation'. The raids of the Allied airmen on Karlsruhe, 3 June 1915, in reprisal for the German bombardment of East Coast towns, had excited the Kaiser's 'deep indignation at the wicked attack on beloved Karlsruhe'! It is doubtful to what extent German standards of 'frightfulness; in warfare may carry the terrorrization of non-combatants by Zeppelin raids. For any development in practice they will certainly plead their military necessity.' Experts predict that aerial invasions of England by super-Zeppelins armed with 'aerial torpedoes of tremendous force; will be a thing of the near future."
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33 x 23 cm
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Louis Raemaekaers' drawings are reproduced by kind permission of the Louis Raemaekers Foundation.