Scarce lithograph by Hitler’s favorite artist Theo Matejko, showing Dunkirk from the German point of view n Strangely, it’s written in the old script which is quite unusual for World War 2 German posters. Hitler tried to get rid of old script because he thought it was a remnant of the regime that lost WWI. This early work was printed before it was old script was eliminated. German propaganda at Dunkirk included maps dropped showing the encirclement of French and German troops trapped on the beach were dropped at Dunkirk. Here Matejko takes another tack, depicting the Germans as triumphant.
The irony of the print is wonderful. It depicts desperate British Tommies look skyward from their wooden longboat while straining at their oars searching the sky for German Messerschnitt Me 110s which swoop low to strafe and bomb both the terrified soldiers below and their ad hoc flotilla of 665 small civilian boats, all under 30’ long, that had been sent to rescue them. This is an unusual litho as it deals with an important specific event. Most military images are stylized and do not deal with specifics at all. It’s framed, mint, $8500. We have never seen another.