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

06 January, 2012

Reasons to Enlist

World War One, of course, had casualty rates that exceeded those of any past war by a huge factor, so all the countries involved had a constant need for new recruits. To get them, propagandists/poster artists used every tactic possible, no matter how irrelevant or even false. Here are just a few. 

Guilt. Source

Nobility and friendship. Source

It's exciting. Source

You're fighting for liberty (er...yeah...). Source

Veterans would go if they could, so it must be worthwhile. Source

Sexy girls. Source

More sexual innuendo... Source

If you're not with us, you're not one of us. Source

Be a man. Source

Actually bringing up the obscure treaty that started it. Source

Patriotism (even when irrelevant, no one was threatening Scotland). Source

Your sports heroes are doing it. Source

It beats getting killed in an air raid. Source

Patriotism, again, with a twist (Irish independence was a big deal at the time) Source

You'll be happy! [I'm not sure how the originators of this one slept at night, honestly]. Source

Guilt from women. Source

Historical/cultural appeal. Source

It is Serious. Source

Appeal to Empire (also, fans of the Lion King). Source

Selective quoting of national heroes. Source

Sign up to avoid being drafted. Source

You'll like it! (also, why not?). Source

No wonder everyone ended up so cynical and disillusioned. 

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