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Poster shows how British Government recruited Irish to fight Germany in WWI

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A World War One poster by the British Government (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

A WORLD War One poster by the British Government attempting to recruit Irish soldiers is just one of hundreds of historical works held in an American archive.

The US Library of Congress has an extensive collection of prints and photographs, including 1,900 posters created between 1914-1920, which are held both online and in the Prints and Photographs office in Washington D.C.

Posters, in particular, were an important means of communication during World War One, and were used to inform and persuade the general public.

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This poster, dated November 14, 1915 is an attempt by the British Government to gather Irish recruits in the fight against Germany.

It reads:

The Germans have set themselves to crush Poland out of existence. They have uprooted some 25,000 Polish farmers, and replaced them by Germans. Now, during all this period, the British Government has been labouring to reinstate and root the Irish People in their own soil… Is Germany going to treat Ireland differently from Poland?

To see similar posters in the collection click here.

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