WWI Propaganda Collage

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WWI Propaganda Collage

The poster to the bottom is from Canada. It simply says, "Young men, enlist." in both english and Canadian French. It is directed to young men to enlist and fight for teir country in the Great War.

World War One:War Recruitment Posters

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The three posters below and to the left are from the UK. The first poster (the far left) shows a lion and it's pack. It reads, "The empire needs men! The overseas states. All answer the call. Helped by the young lions, the old lion defies his foes. Enlist now." Basically, the "old lion" is the government and it needs "young lions," or men, to fight or to enlist for the war. It is directed towards the younger, stronger men, who are more capable of fighting. The next poster (just to the left) reads, "At the front! Every fit Briton should join our brave men at the Front. Enlist now." Another that is self explanitory. Directed toward younger men, they are asking for them to enlist to be in the front line of the war. The last poster (to the bottom) has a man and his two children playing around him. The girl is sitting on his lap and asks, "Daddy, what did you do in the great war?" This is directed to men, still able to fight. This is trying to make the fathers who hadn't joined the war to go out and fight for their family. It's trying to trigger a guilty feeling in the men and make them feel that it is their job to fight and do something for the war.

The two posters to the left are from America. The first poster (far left) shows an American falg waving outside with soldiers marching proudly and a man hidden in a shadow on the inside of the window dressed in a suit. The poster states, "Enlist. On which side of the window are you?" Directed to men, it is meant to creat a sense of guilt that they should be a part of the marching soldiers outside representing their country. The other poster (left) is a picture of Uncle Sam pointing to the person reading the sign (you) and it reads, "I want you for the U.S. Army. Nearest recruiting station." Uncle Same represents the pride in our country and he is demanding that he wants YOU to enlist for the army.

The two posters above are from Britain and Australia. The first (directly above) reads, "Australia has promised Britain 50,000 more men. Will you help us keep that promise?" This is directed to those living in Australia. The poster is pretty self explanitory, Australia promised Britain more men and they want to meet that goal. The second poster from Britain and Australia (to the right) reads, "Which picture would your father like to show his friends?" There are two pictures of a man, one relaxing playing sports, drinking ect. The other, dressed in an army uniform and holding a rifle. The top picture is obviously a man in the war, the other, at home living his everyday life. This poster is directed towards late teen, early adulthood men who want to impress their fathers or do the right thing. Most men thought joining the war was the right thing to do and it was what they were meant to do with their lives.

War Recruitment:Many men were needed to support their country during World War I. Most men felt that it was their duty to enlist and fight, but they still needed more men to fight with the greatly increasing deaths. The purpose of the posters for War Recruitment was to convince more men into enlisting in the war. The posters did infact change some peoples' views and feelings leading them to also join the war.

Propaganda:Propaganda is very biased and gives one-sided information to promote information in a pursuasive way. In World War I, propaganda was used to promote everything from buying bonds, decreasing rations, war recruitment, or political views. Their goal was to pursuade citizens to participate in these actions. By giving only half the information about things. It hid the bad parts of the information, and showed the positive parts only. Doing this helped sell the idea, and it worked. Propaganda was used then and is still used now. It played a big role in the war, in all of the countries, some for the better, others in negative views. Depending on the information given, the posters or newspaper articles would present biased information about an attack, for example, and cause more negative views on the enemy. Propaganda helped keep support for the war and their countries. It helped the war go on and helped keep the spirits of the people alive.


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