History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

30 March, 2011

What did YOU do in the Great War?

We've had a few World War One posts in a row, and we'll have a change tomorrow, but today's post follows very closely the theme of the last. This series concerns the various methods of coercion and propaganda governments used to get men to enlist for the military in the First World War. Poster designers employed a multi-faced approach, enlisting all kinds of arguments for the 'cause', whether or not they made logical sense. As usual this shall be an ongoing series and we shall explore various of these, but today's post concerns itself primarily with the tactic of guilt. It's amusing at first, now, with distance.... and then really quite awful. 

British poster, of course. Source

Australian poster, referring to Gallipoli. Source

British poster. Source

British poster. Source

Irish poster, naturally [though Ireland was under the British Government]. Source

1 comment:

David said...

Nice posters and a great patriotic look back!

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