|"Offensives and Defensives" by John McCutcheon for Chicago Tribune, July 6, 1916|
In June, the British launched a counterattack at the Somme, where they would suffer their greatest losses of the war over the next several months. It succeeded in forcing the German army to divert forces about 120 miles northwest, softening their line enough that the French were finally able to retake some six miles of territory on July 5.
|"The Crown Prince and the German Sheep on Their Way to Slaughter"|
Gabriel Galantara for L'Asino, (Rome)
|"CLOWN PRINCE: Gott is mit uns! Another hundred thousand German lives will do it!"|
Joseph Morewood Staniforth for Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
In the U.S., officially a neutral country for the moment, some cartoonists saw that the carnage was equally tragic on both sides.
As for German cartoonists, I have only this one cartoon about Verdun, probably from May or June. Here, the German soldier has his hapless French foe pinned on his back; the two figures belching fire in the background are British Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Dmitrievich Sazonov.
I don't know what the caption to that cartoon was in the original German, and I don't speak German anyway; but I doubt there was anything clever or witty to Wellner's cartoon, or in any of the other German cartoons I've seen. Faced with the horrors of war, most continental cartoonists abandoned any sense of humor in favor of hyperbolic chauvinism.
|"Shade of Dante: 'My Inferno Was Child's Play.'"|
William C. Morris for Harper's Weekly Independent, New York, July 17, 1916
|W. A. Wellner for Lustige Blaetter, Berlin|
|"The Eagle Strangled by France"|
Louis Raemaekers for Amsterdam Telegraf
|"Held" by Leonard Raven-Hill for Punch (London)|
|"The Grapes of Verdun" by Leonard Raven-Hill for Punch (London)|
|"The Supreme Test" by John McCutcheon for Chicago Tribune, July 3, 1916|