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World War I: the German Navy attacking Allied nursing. Coloured chalk drawing by Louis Raemaekers, 1918.

Raemaekers, Louis, 1869-1956.

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Under water, a skeleton wearing a sailor's hat inscribed "Deutsche Marine" drowns and strangles a nurse wearing a Red Cross armband. Apparently represents the torpedo attack on the hospital ship HMS Glenart Castle off Lundy Island by German submarine UC-56 on 26 February 1918 : the ship was sunk with the loss of ca. 150 lives ('Hospital ship sunk. Another Red Cross outrage, 144 persons missing.', The times, 28 February 1918, p. 7)

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1 drawing : black and red chalks ; sheet 45.4 x 63.6 cm


The submarine hun and the Red Cross. Louis Raemaekers


Wellcome Library no. 45951i

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