The notes accompanying the artwork are in Polish and I couldn’t hope to translate them accurately but I gather that this piece was inspired by The Battle of Monte Cassino a.k.a The Cassino Campaign, a battle lasting several months in 1944 which saw the Polish corps launch several arguably suicidal attacks on enemy forces before successfully capturing the area.
Sometimes I wonder about stereotypes but then I realise that on this day in 1941, Britain’s Air Force dropped 75,000 teabags over the occupied Netherlands with the message “Holland will arise. Keep your courage up.”
WE GAVE THEM TEA TO RESIST THE NAZIS.
IT WORKED, DIDN’T IT, WE WON.