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

By Arthur Ward

In WW2 details leaflets and posters proliferated. squaddies 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 determine enemy airplane and submarines and informed them tips to function the recent send board guns to wreck them.

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When presented by a surrendering Axis soldier, the supplicant was guaranteed a welcome and lenient reception. I am grateful to the following for the assistance in preparing this book: Mirella Aslar, Zaki Jamal, Jayne Joyce and Stuart Manley and Jim Walsh at Barter Books. Arthur Ward Pulborough, West Sussex September 2014 CHAPTER 1 Influencing Attitudes — Propaganda and Official Policy Towards the end of the English Civil War, the London-based petitioner movement known as the Levellers, comprising soldier ‘Agitators’ of the parliamentarian New Model Army and a number of prominent politicians, produced a draft written constitution under the title of ‘Agreements of the People’.

By 1650 they were no longer a serious threat to the established order and the powerful remained in power. But, despite this state of affairs, part of the legacy of this tumultuous period is that from the late seventeenth century Britain’s authorities could no longer assume the tacit approval of the body politic for forthcoming military adventures or expeditions. From now on the people had to be persuaded that going to war was an expedient option and that the cost and inevitable suffering incurred was a price worth paying.

Before this, in 1918 as the Austro-Hungarian Empire was collapsing and being torn up by French and Serbian forces while Russian Communist troops also looked likely to enter the country in support of Béla Kun’s new Soviet Republic, the world’s second, Bíró produced a striking artwork suggesting the calamity of a Russian invasion. After the overthrow of the government, Bíró moved to the United States, but returned to Hungary in 1947 and died in Budapest the following year. Another Hungarian poster artist, George Kürthy, had a far more traditional, illustrative, yet primitive, almost ‘peasant art’ style.

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