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General French's Contemptible Little Army
General French's Contemptible Little Army

General French's Contemptible Little Army 1914


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General French's Contemptible Little Army 1914

6 mins United Kingdom

In the early days of WWI, celebrated illustrator Lancelot Speed rallied to the patriotic cause, combining his super-fast, 'lightning sketch' act with stop-motion animation to bring cartooning to life. Kaiser Wilhelm had allegedly dismissed the British Expeditionary Force, led by Commander-in-Chief Sir John French, as 'contemptible'. True or not, the outrage that followed made useful propaganda.


Lancelot Speed


Animation & Artists Moving Image


German army Propaganda World War I


1914 on Film




United Kingdom



Production company

Neptune Film Company

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