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Propeganda on the home front during WWI

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PROPAGANDA ON THE HOME FRONT DURING WWI Propaganda is using limited or biased information for a specific purpose. The Government used this during world war one to great effect in many areas - to keep up morale, encourage support for the war effort, recruit soldiers and to create hatred and suspicion of the enemy. Newspapers Newspapers were the main source of information to the public, and so were crucial in the war effort. If the newspapers didn't print the truth, however, people could not accurately tell what was going on in the war. Unfortunately, printing what was really going on would lower morale at home, discourage men from joining up and possibly incite mutiny and rebellion both at home and in the armed forces. ...read more.

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This made soldiers feel very isolated and betrayed. When they came home they could never really talk to their friends about what they had been through. Two posters encouraging men to join up Most posters either highlighted good points about the army or encouraged view that it was a man's duty to fight for his country. Posters, Photographs and Cartoons Before television, posters and photographs were a good way of making people aware of things. The Government used this to their advantage by launching huge publicity campaigns in support of many issues to do with the war. In the first year over 2.5 million copies of 110 different posters were produced, mostly about recruitment. ...read more.

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Many posters and photographs were posed, and thought of as un-realistic by real soldiers. Many official photographs and paintings were produced by people working directly for the Government. These people were given officer status and access to go wherever they wanted on the front. Britain only had four photographers at the beginning of the war, however. This compared to 35 in France and 50 in Germany! The photographers were forbidden to photograph the dead and dying to keep up morale at home. War artists were recruited from 1916, and were expected to contribute to the war effort. In 1917, Lord Beaverbrook - the minister of Information - invested in creating a much more realistic and detailed record of the war, and allowed artists and photographers much more freedom. A photograph of soldiers resting in a trench just off the front line. ...read more.

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