Dropping the Pilot


This compilation provides an alternative view of the war to end all wars than that provided by the official multi-volume History of the Great War (1922-1987). The humorous magazine Punch provided a series of technically accomplished political cartoons to raise morale. The one displayed "The haunted ship: ghost of the old pilot" is an allusion to an earlier famous cartoon "Dropping the pilot", which had appeared in 1890 when Kaiser Wilhelm, jealous of the popularity of Otto von Bismark (1815-1898) dismissed the statesman who had been instrumental in uniting the German states.