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The Last Man, Hans Bohrdt - Propaganda - German navy officer

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The Last Man, Hans Bohrdt - Propaganda - German navy officer

In 1915 Hans Bohrdt created his most famous illustration which is called " The Last Man". The image shows a German navy officer holding up a German flag as his ship sinks because he would rather go down with the ship than surrender during the Battle for the Falkland Islands on 8th December 1914. " The Last Man" would become one of the most widely recognized propaganda images used during the First World War to inspire courage. Date: 1915

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Aloft Courage Courageous Defiance Defiant Drown Drowning Falkland Hans Hero Heroic Hold Holds Propaganda Sinking December Inspirations


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This evocative image, titled "The Last Man," was created by German artist Hans Bohrdt in 1915, capturing the essence of heroism and defiance during the First World War. The powerful illustration depicts a German navy officer standing boldly on the deck of a sinking ship during the Battle for the Falkland Islands on December 8, 1914. As water engulfs the vessel, the determined officer holds the German flag aloft, refusing to surrender. This poignant moment became a symbol of courage and unwavering loyalty to one's country, inspiring the German people during the tumultuous times of war. Bohrdt's masterpiece, "The Last Man," was widely recognized and used as propaganda to boost morale among the German population. The image of the heroic officer standing against the backdrop of a sinking ship struck a chord with many, reminding them of the importance of perseverance and the sacrifices made in the name of national pride. The hauntingly beautiful scene of the sea, the ship, and the man standing defiantly against the elements, has left a lasting impact on history. "The Last Man" remains an iconic representation of the indomitable human spirit, a testament to the courage and determination of those who fought during the First World War.

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