A buck-toothed England looks grumpy – with Ireland growling at its back – and hesitates to mobilise its fleet. France is being put to flight by a single kick, and Italy watches the scene rejoicing. A giant Russian soldier is trying to swallow the European antagonists whole. The Germans and Austrians, however, are firing in all directions, their bayonet getting up the Russian’s nose, or aimed at its throat.
The map was drawn by the German graphic artist Walter Trier (1890-1951), known mainly for his illustrations of Erich Kästner’s story Emil and the Detectives (1929). A Jew, and a collaborator on left-wing satirical journals, he had to flee Berlin for London in 1936. During World War Two, he provided the British Ministry of Information with anti-Nazi drawings for political propaganda leaflets.