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Was the Public Mislead About the Conditions In the Trenches?

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WAS THE PUBLIC MISLEAD ABOUT THE CONDITIONS IN THE TRENCHES? The sources I think were published before 1916 are souces A and B. This is because they are both recruitement posters , to persuade men to go and sign up.After 1916 conscription was introduced , so there was no need to have these posters because they couldnt volunteer. Source C is made for after 1917 because it says in the provenance that it was a poster by the USA Government, the USA joined the war in 1917 so it would have been after 1917. All of these posters are forms of recruitement.They used guilt like in Source B to make the fathers feel guilty about not signing up.Sources A and B are similar because they use the family, and have a subtle way of making people go to sign up. The purpose of Source A, is for women to persuade their men to go, because the Government knew women was a key thing in a mans life, so they used it to their advantage. Source C is different to Sources A and B because it shows the bruitality of the German soldiers by using a big gorilla with a woman in its arms. From my own knowledge of the first world war , I know that recruitement posters were very successful.But from the photo in Source D ,I cant tell whether this amount of new recruits was happening all over the country, because the provenance only mentions London. ...read more.


a recruitement poster, and I would think people signed up when they saw this asvertisment On the other hand, Source J is very different to Source I in comparison. It was written by Seigfried Sassoon,it says in the provenance that 'His experiences turned him against all war' which implys that any thing from him about war will be persuading people how bad the war was and making people not go to war.This was written after the war , so therefore there was no censorship and he could say what he wanted to .This source gives a reall picture of extremely poor conditions in the trenches 'We looked and saw the mangled bodies of the dead.' The purpose of this is very different to Source I, because Source I wanted to sell a fake image, and Source J is trying to tell the truth and written by a man who is against all war. Sources F and G were written and drawn at the time of the war and was published in the Daily Mail newspaper. There was censorship controlling what the papers could put out to the public, they showed the people what thet wanted to see, so they see a fake image. Both sources are primary sources meaning that the peole who wrote and drew them were there when it happened so they might be reliable in that way. I think that the sources are unreliable because its very unrealistic that you would be playing with a football on the first day of a battle,which its says in the provenance.F shows soldiers with their guns and a football coming out of the trenches. ...read more.


I know it is unreliable because the provenance states it was during the war when it was released and from my own knowledge,the soldier standing out of the trench would be killed in seconds. Sources such as Sources J and H were not allowed to be issued to the britains because it would be giving them a the real picture or at least a more accurate opinion.In Source J, Seigfreid Sassoon, talks about the terrible conditions and the injuries in graphic detail 'Floating on the flooded surface of the trench was the mask of a human face which had detacthed itself from the skull' he may have been biest against the war , misleading people how bad it was.But the government was not allowing this sort of material to get out-if it was written during the war, in this way they were misleading the public. The government also fooled the British people by making clever recruitement posters making out that the war was a noble place to go to and was a great place to go.Another example of an after the war source where there was no censorship is Source H. This was written by B.A.Stewart,60 years later in his memoirs he wrote about the reality of his experiences or at least his side of the truth-which may or might not have changed over the 60 years.'What I had in mind was to go as quickly as possible in the opposite direction,as soon as possible.Leaving the dugout, I ran out.' One extreme to another which shows how badly the government tryed its hardest to mislead the people by using the false 'extreme' ...read more.

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