Rudyard Kipling’s “Epitaphs of the War”


COMMON FORM

If any question why we died,
Tell them, because our fathers lied.

A DEAD STATESMAN

I could not dig: I dared not rob: 
Therefore I lied to please the mob. 
Now all my lies are proved untrue 
And I must face the men I slew. 
What tale shall serve me here among 
Mine angry and defrauded young?

(via The Poetry Foundation)

Katch The Kaiser, Win The War

Katch the Kaiser, Win the War was a World War I era puzzle/ball game,

This puzzle called “Katch the Kaiser, Win the War,” challenged players to catch the German Kaiser Wilhelm II, represented by a small black ball. Wilhelm was a favorite target of anti-German sentiment and often blamed for starting the war. This puzzle is an example of the patriotic propaganda used to motivate the Allies and demonize Germany.

Katch The Kaiser, Win The War Game
Katch The Kaiser, Win The War Game

World War I Propaganda Poster: Jesus Blesses the German Army

World War I-era propaganda poster in which Jesus blesses the German Army as it passes by. 

The German text translates to,


Go on soldier! And fulfill your duty! Christ, the good shepherd watches over his flock. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

World War I Propaganda Poster - Jesus Blesses the German Army
World War I Propaganda Poster – Jesus Blesses the German Army

Post World War I Poster Celebrating the 369th Infantry Regiment (Harlem Hellfighters)

The Committee on Public Information, an independent government agency created to encourage the US population to support American participation in World War I, commissioned this print after the war to celebrate the 369th Infantry Regiment–nicknamed “Harlem Hellfighters” due to their toughness.

Colored Men—The First Americans Who Planted Our Flag on the Firing Line.
Colored Men—The First Americans Who Planted Our Flag on the Firing Line.