Ref NoDL1545
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Artist or CreatorDavid Low (1891-1963)
Title or CaptionNailing the colours to the mast
Extent1 item
Published byEvening Standard
Date17 Oct 1939
Size33.5 x 54cm
Techniqueblack ink/blue crayon
Embedded text or transcriptAnti Hitler
British case and aims
Person DepictedColonel Blimp; (fictional)
Chamberlain; Neville (Arthur Neville) (1869-1940)
Hitler; Adolf (1889-1945)
NotesMr Chamberlain gives Britain's Reply to Hitler's Reichstag Speech. - Rejection of the German "Peace Proposals". The British Government's reply to the "peace proposals" put forward by Herr Hitler in the Reichstag speech on Oct. 6 was given by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons on Oct 12. He recalled that the previous week, when speaking of the Russo-German Pact for the partition of Poland, he had observed that it contained a suggestion that certain peace proposals were likely to be put forward and that if such were the case the British Government would examine them, in consultation with the Dominion Governments and the French Government, in the light of certain relevant considerations. He also recalled the efforts made by H.M. Government to obtain an equitable and honourable settlement of the German-Polish dispute without recourse to armed force and the similar efforts made by the King of the Belgians, the Queen of the Netherlands, the Pope, and Signor Mussolini, all of which had proved in vain. "It is evident now", he said, "that Herr Hitler was determined to make war on Poland, and whatever sincerity there may have been in his wish to come to an understanding with Great Britain, it was not strong enough to induce him to postpone an attack upon his neighbour... [Keesing's Contemporary Archives p.3763]
nail your colours to the mast
military planning
International relations
Royal Navy
Armed forces
World War 1939-1945
Copyright contact detailsNorthcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT
Location of artworkReturned to Beaverbrook Foundation, 1998
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GB/BCA/173Colonel Blimp; (fictional)   
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GB/BCA/394Hitler; Adolf (1889-1945)1889-1945Born in Austria. Politician and leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi Party). He served as German chancellor from 1933-1945 and head of state (Fuhrer) from 1934-1945. He established a single-party dictatorship based on the totalitarian and autocratic ideals of national socialism. He gained support for his views on German nationalism, anti-Semitism, anti-capitalism and anti-communism through his impassioned speeches and propaganda. He wanted to establish a New Order of absolute rule in Europe and pursued a policy of seizing land by force for the Aryan people.  
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