The two World Wars produced an outpouring of imagery for training and propaganda. This fascinating book reviews a broad selection of war publication, recommended.
NAME: A Guide to War Publications of the First & Second World War, From Training Guides to Propaganda Posters FILE: R2379 AUTHOR: Arthur Ward PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 204 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWI, WWII, Second World War, First World War, World War 1, World War 2, training, propaganda. Images, artwork, guides, publication ISBN: 1-78383-154-5 IMAGE: B2379.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/heaehns LINKS: Current Discount Offers http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/sale DESCRIPTION: The two World Wars produced an outpouring of imagery for training and propaganda. This fascinating book reviews a broad selection of war publication, recommended. The World Wars coincided with the new media of film and radio, which required matching forms of content publication, but print was still the major media, available anywhere and everywhere. Never before had war been conducted on such a scale. For the first time, conflict covered the globe and the division between military and civilian virtually disappeared. At the same time, women were mobilized as never before. To meet the demand for training guides, large numbers of documents were produced for use in training camps and for issue to those in the field. For the first time, publishers had to consider the need to train civilians in much the same way as the military. Women engaged on war work needed information on the weapons they were producing as urgently as the military personnel needed to know how to operate the weapons against the enemy. The author has assembled a cross section of war publications to illustrated the scope of war publication. The text is very descriptive and engaging, supported by many images in full colour that have been reproduced to a very high standard. Readers may be surprised by the wealth of information distributed during the two wars. Propaganda was becoming a vital tool and this resulted in posters that had high impact and often used humour and subtle content to convey a point or a concept. The march of technology introduced new methods of providing operators' guides. In previous wars, NCO instructors had barked out information while those under training had access to a rifle or some other piece of unfamiliar equipment. The increasing complexity of new technology required detailed illustrated manuals to be produced. These could be used during training, but they could also be carried by a user and referred to many times. As the author provides examples of war publications, these documents and posters also provide an illustrated review of the wars themselves.