A Guide To War Publications of the First & Second World War by Arthur Ward

By Arthur Ward

In WW2 info leaflets and posters proliferated. infantrymen have been bombarded with box laws, airmen with the most recent updates approximately airborne early caution, bomb points of interest and radio navigation and sailors with fabric that helped them establish enemy airplane and submarines and advised them the best way to function the recent send board guns to break them.

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Their efforts were the catalyst for a series of famous debates in the autumn of 1647 held in St Mary’s Church, Putney, to decide the prospective settlement of the nation, the right of all men to have the vote and, especially, about whether Charles I had any future as the nation’s king. Charles was tried at Westminster Hall in January 1649, and after it was decided that he had ‘traitorously and maliciously levied war against the present Parliament and the people therein represented’ he was executed.

He died in 1944 in Dachau concentration camp. Numerous other American artists and illustrators made enormous contributions to their nation’s war effort but I have space to make mention of only one more and will single out Henry Raleigh for his 1918 poster promoting United States government bonds for the Third Liberty Loan. ’ features an American soldier restraining a German one from harming a woman and child, both of whom are cowering before the Teutonic giant. Like Raemaekers, Raleigh appealed to the sentimental side of his audience every time.

Trench warfare didn’t only spell the end of military pomp and regalia it saw the introduction of mechanised warfare as depicted on this naive French postcard. This book aims to explore the realm of twentieth-century printed ephemera and provide details for the collector about what to look out for, who produced what and why they did so and, most importantly, where to find such collectables and what to pay for them. At the outbreak of the Great War, Britain’s authorities first began to put their own slant on why the nation had become embroiled in the conflict and what role the government was adopting, which it expected its electorate to follow.

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