|Measurement||Sheet: 28 x 38.4 cm; Image: 24.5 x 33.6 cm|
|Object type||Work on paper|
|Physical description||pencil and black crayon with brush and wash, heightened with white on paper|
|Place made||Australia: New South Wales, Sydney|
|Date made||c. May 1939|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright
This drawing, made to be published in a daily newspaper, depicts Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signing the Pact of Friendship and Alliance between Germany and Italy, otherwise known as the Pact of Steel. Designed only months before the outbreak of the Second World War, Mahony shows great insight into the fraught nature of the alliance. The Pact itself was broken when Germany invaded Poland in September 1939.