If anyone ever tells you that Propaganda can be a subtle and ingratiating practice, look to the other end of the spectrum, to the gross, clumsy, hackneyed attempts to poison the moinds of the citizenry with formulaic means. Raemaekers is my recommendation. He seems to have impressed a wide range of English writers who agreed to present glowing texts of approval to accompany each drawing of German atrocities in the Caxton edition of Raemaekers' works (1920).

Often I fret over how many images I make available from a given body of visual work, copyright, fairness of representation etc. In Raemaeker's case I had to steel myself to keep adding examples for you. Each image I have chosen corresponds with the visual corpus of demonisation with which we are familiar. There is something indecent in the relish with which the cartoonist represents bare breasted maidens leered at and fondled by brutish Bavarians.

My only excuse is that you really ought to know that at the back of much prose description of the Enemy, lie many of these visual archetypes populating our imaginations. Were it not utterly depressing I would like to amass a taxonomy of potential narratives that demonstrate the awfulness of the Other.