IWM Staff
Monday 8 January 2018
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1. Britain Needs You At Once

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1. Britain Needs You At Once

British recruitment poster, 1915.

St George, in full plate armour, on horseback facing left, driving his lance into the body of a winged dragon. text: BRITAIN NEEDS YOU AT ONCE PUBLISHED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY RECRUITING COMMITTEE, LONDON. POSTER No. 108. PRINTED BY SPOTTISWOODE AND Co. L.T.D. LONDON, E.C.
British recruitment poster, 1915.
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2. Are You Fond of Cycling?

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2. Are You Fond of Cycling?

South Midland Divisional Cyclist Company recruitment poster.

text: ARE YOU FOND OF CYCLING? IF SO WHY NOT CYCLE FOR THE KING? RECRUITS WANTED By the S.Midland Divisional Cyclist Company (Must be over 19, and willing to serve abroad). CYCLES PROVIDED. Uniform and Clothing issued on enlistment. Application in person or by letter to Cyclists, The Barracks, Gloucester BAD TEETH NO BAR. H. Osborne, Printer, St. Mary's Square, Gloucester.
South Midland Divisional Cyclist Company recruitment poster.
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3. The Empire Needs Men!

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3. The Empire Needs Men!

British and Commonwealth recruitment poster, 1915.

an adult male lion, symbolising Britain, stands on a rocky outcrop. Below, stand four young lions symbolising the Commonwealth and British Empire. text: THE EMPIRE NEEDS MEN! THE OVERSEAS STATES All answer the call. Arthur Wardle Helped by the YOUNG LIONS The OLD LION defies his Foes. ENLIST NOW.
British and Commonwealth recruitment poster, 1915.
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4. Free Trip To Europe

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4. Free Trip To Europe

Australian recruitment poster.

text only. text: ALL ELIGIBLE MEN Will be Given FREE CLOTHING, FOOD, MONEY, STEAMER AND TRAIN ACCOMMODATION, AND A TRIP FULL OF ADVENTURE AND INTEREST, FORMING THE GREATEST EVENT OF THEIR LIVES TO DO THEIR DUTY AT THE PLACE WHERE EVERY FIT AUSTRALIAN SHOULD BE - STANDING SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH HIS PRESENT DEFENDERS IN EUROPE; INVITATIONS (IN THEMSELVES DIPLOMAS OF HONOUR FOR EVER)
Australian recruitment poster.
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5. The Isle of Saints and Soldiers

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5. The Isle of Saints and Soldiers

Irish recruitment poster, 1915.

an Irish farmer ploughing a field, pauses to look at a vision of St Patrick gesturing to the ruins of Rheims Cathedral. The saint emanates light and carries a shepherd's crook. text: The Isle of Saints and Soldiers Issued by the Department of Recruiting for Ireland. M.CAW, STEVENSON AND ORR, LTD., DUBLIN AND BELFAST.
Irish recruitment poster, 1915.
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6. Who will Take this Uniform, Money and Rifle?

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6. Who will Take this Uniform, Money and Rifle?

Indian recruitment poster. Urdu translation reads: 'Who will take this uniform, money and rifle? The one who will join the army.'

the uniform, equipment and rifle of an Indian soldier arranged as if they were being worn. However, there is no one wearing the uniform, only a question mark shaped to look like a face positioned where the wearer's head would be. A smaller image positioned lower right depicts a man's cupped hands filled with coins.
Indian recruitment poster. Urdu translation reads: 'Who will take this uniform, money and rifle? The one who will join the army.'
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7. Women of Lancashire

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7. Women of Lancashire

British recruitment poster, 1915.

text only. text: WOMEN OF LANCASHIRE. Do you realise that if you keep back a son or sweetheart you are prolonging the War and adding to the peril of those who have gone? E. and J. L. Milner, 'Guardian' Printing Works, Lancaster.
British recruitment poster, 1915.
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8. Who Can Beat this Plucky Four?

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8. Who Can Beat this Plucky Four?

Irish recruitment poster, 1915

full-length depictions of four soldiers, one English, one Scottish, one Welsh, and one Irish. The Irish soldier stands behind the other three, who kneel on the ground. Each soldier carries a rifle, with a flag representing his country attached to the bayonet.
Irish recruitment poster, 1915.
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9. Wanted - Smart Men for the Tank Corps

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9. Wanted - Smart Men for the Tank Corps

British recruitment poster.

a full-length depiction of a British infantryman seated with his back to the viewer. On the blackboard before him, there is a diagram of a tank. He is being instructed by a part-human/part-mechanical figure, who has the body of a tank, standing to his left.
British recruitment poster.
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10. French Canadians, Enlist!

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10. French Canadians, Enlist!

Canadian recruitment poster, 1914. French translation reads: 'French Canadians, enlist! England, the bulwark of our freedoms, is being threatened. Will we remain aloof? Will we prefer Prussian militarism to the regime that has preserved our faith, our language, our institutions and our laws? France’s heart is bleeding. The voice of blood speaks.'

 a Canadian infantryman and a French 'poilu' stand together. The Canadian soldier has his cap raised in is right hand and the French soldier holds their rifles. In the background a brown-silhouetted column of Canadian troops march left to right.
Canadian recruitment poster, 1914.
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11. Join Your Country's Army!

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11. Join Your Country's Army!

British recruitment poster, 1914.

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