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Artist or CreatorDavid Low (1891-1963)
Title or CaptionLet-down bus
Extent1 item
Published byEvening Standard
Date12 Dec 1939
Embedded text or transcriptCorfu Manchuria Abyssinia Czecho'kia Poland What-have-you League of Nations
Transport Peace 1940 "Where is this bus going?" "Nowhere, lady, but thanks for the compliment."
Person DepictedColonel Blimp; (fictional)
NotesRepublished in David Low, Low's War Cartoons, Cresset Press, 1941 The League of Nations was
established in 1919, in the aftermath of World War I, to prevent aggression, encourage
cooperation between nations and uphold the Treaty of Versailles settlement. It failed. On 1
September 1939 Germany invaded Poland and began WW2. The inter-war years had seen the undermining
of the League's ideals by its own members. Italy, a permanent member of the Council of the
League, had invaded Corfu in 1923. The League's failure to protect Greece from Italian aggression
demonstrated that, from the outset, the League was powerless against determined aggressors. In
the 1930s the situation worsened. In 1931 Japan, another Council member, invaded the Chinese
province of Manchuria. The League response was the Lytton report - a singularly ineffective
condemnation of Japanese aggression. In 1935 Italy invaded Abyssinia (Ethiopia). The League
imposed sanctions but these sanctions excluded oil, the only viable option for curtailing the
Italian war effort. Throughout the late 1920s and early 1930s the League had failed to counter
Germany's revision of the Treaty of Versailles, mainly as individual League members (notably
Britain and France) had vested interests in appeasement. Thus in 1938 Hitler found himself
powerful enough to successfully annex Czechoslovakia and, in 1939, to invade Poland. The League
had never fulfilled the promise that its originators dreamed of.
International relations
League of Nations 1919
North-east China
World War 1939-1945
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