The German Octopus!
By CHANNEL, Edmond, 1907
La Pieuvre Germanique. [The German Octopus].
- Author: CHANNEL, Edmond
- Publication place: Paris
- Publisher: Varry
- Publication date: 1907.
- Physical description: Engraved postcard.
- Dimensions: 125 by 85mm. (5 by 3.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 11543
When we cut the tentacles,
What will you be left at the end?
It implies that after the Kaiser’s misguided attempts at asserting Germany’s power in Europe have been curtailed, the only territory he will have is his original kingdom of Prussia, coiled securely in his only uncut tentacle. The trope of the evil, land-grabbing, octopus was common in propaganda maps at the time.