Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Intense British Anti-German Propaganda Posters

Roads contributor Sidney Clark has sent four examples from his collection of British posters from the Great War that seem solely intended to build intense hostility toward the German enemy rather than, say, for recruiting for the army or gaining general support for the war effort. The first, which is from late 1918, hits upon many of the most volatile themes: bayoneting babies, executing civilians, violating young ladies, and burning cities.  It also seems to suggest that even in the postwar period, Germans will still bear these cruel tendencies.  The remaining three posters each single out particular victims of German vileness:  fishermen, nurses, and frontline soldiers.

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  1. I am stunned by the sheer power of the posters!