Non veni pacem mittere, sed gladium.
World War I?
Empire needs men... to feed to the lions?Young lions? Those are Lionesses.I thought the old lion drives out the young loins so he can have all the lionesses to himself. WW1 Brits were really crappy at metaphors.
The artist appears unaware that adult lions without manes are...lionesses.
Re-visiting this comment I see I missed Genericviews' observation to the same effect. Oh well:-P.
no no, he's offering his sisters to the lions that come to fight with him.