Saturday, December 08, 2012
A Call To Arms
British war posters from The Great War were quite poor.
As graphic art, they were deplorable. As political documents, they were crude if not outrageous in the sentiments they expressed. Nothing comparable was produced in France, Germany or Russia for the duration of the war.
Well into World War I, Britain had a serious problem encouraging able-bodied men to join the armed forces. Once again, Britain was alone in this regard. The same problem was not experienced in France, Germany or Russia.
Only the imposition of a draft was to ease Britain’s manpower problems—and Britain waited until the war was well underway before implementing a draft. The government delayed a draft as long as feasible because it believed the populace might reject such a mechanism—and the government feared outright insurrection.
The role of zeppelins in World War I was not unduly prominent. There were several zeppelin bombing raids on London, but the raids carried more psychological impact than prospect of significant damage.
The money Germany spent on its zeppelin force far outweighed the monetary damage caused by German raids on London. The ratio has been adjudged to be at least two-to-one, and perhaps as high as four-to-one—the very opposite of what such a ratio should have been.
The zeppelin campaign was a complete waste of German resources, as the Germans themselves came to realize long before the war had run its course.