Mobilising the home front: Propaganda Posters in Wartime Britain
In the 20th century, modern war became ‘total war’, involving the civilian population as participants in the overall war effort. This concept was particularly important in Britain during the Second World War. The Ministry of Information produced hundreds of posters to inspire civilians with the belief they had a vital contribution to make. This contribution included: keeping spirits high, working flat out on war production to support ‘our boys’ in the armed forces, accepting the need for sacrifices, and accepting that ‘we are all in it together’. Many of these themes were utilised after the war to support reconstruction and greater equality.
- You forget - but she remembers. Careless talk costs lives Commando Medical Service. Volunteer through your commanding officer Diptheria is deadly. Protect your child by immunisation Careless talk costs lives. Mr Hitler wants to know! Britain expects that you too, this day, will do your duty
- Combined operations include you Turn that gas down They can only go up together [Production, Wages and Salaries] We're all up against! We work or want (John Bull) The fuel you saved is hitting him hard! Keep on saving fuel for battle
- Save bones for aircraft production The worker who left the lights on! Don't be fuel-ish. Wasted electricity means less fuel Going ashore? Keep what you know to yourself Lend a hand with the potato harvest at a farming holiday camp. Oct and Nov free travel and reduced accomodation terms Nazi surrender draws nearer every time a woman joins the A.T.S
- Lend a hand on the land. Spend your holidays - or part of them at a Volunteer Agricultural Camp Thousands of women needed now in the ATS.WAAF. Vital to the offensive "The need is great, the time is short. Urgency must be the watchword - Lord Beaverbrook. It's a full time job to win "In Germany...someone is doing the same job as you. Beat him!" We beat 'em before. We'll do it again!
- And the Navy goes on We beat 'em before, we'll do it again! "Give us the tools and-" - Winston Churchill Winston Churchill in RAF uniform British and Soviet arms grasping neck of predatory bird arising from the ruins of bombed town