Matejko: The German Navy Escapes Through the English Channel
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Matejko: The German Navy Escapes Through the English Channel

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Matejko The German Navy Escapes Through the English Channel. Four sepia photographs, a map and a large drawing by Matejko, Hitler's favorite poster artist, tell the dramatic story of the escape of the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Prinz Eugen fleeing from the northern French port city of Brest and up the dangerous English Channel to their home port in Kiel, Germany. Since the time of the Spanish Armada (1588), the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century and World War I, the English have always used their superior number of ships and outstanding naval expertise to keep enemy fleets in port where they could do no harm and project no threat to English commerce, a prime consideration in peace and an absolute necessity in war. These two important German battle cruisers had been blockaded by the Royal Navy for a full year when they avoided detection and escaped the French coast in 1942. Large drawing (15x20) shows determined German antiaircraft gunners blasting away at attacking RAF fighters one of which plows into the sea after being hit by their deadly accurate fire. To escape the Engilsh in their own channel was quite a feat of valor and daring. German propagandists were able to dine out on this exploit for some time. Very rare. 25x34 near mint, conservation backed.

We have on our office wall the mate to this poster, also done by Matejko, showing the heroic British withdrawl from Dunkirk from the perspective of German propagandists who, as you can well imagine, don't share our noble view of this famous historical event. That poster's title, when refering to the English withdrawl of their Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk, translates from German script into English as "The End of the Battle of Extermination in Flanders and Artois."