By Arthur Ward
In WW2 details leaflets and posters proliferated. infantrymen have been bombarded with box rules, airmen with the newest updates approximately airborne early caution, bomb points of interest and radio navigation and sailors with fabric that helped them determine enemy airplane and submarines and advised them how you can function the recent send board guns to ruin them.
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In his reports of the battles and especially of the Siege of Sevastopol, Russell said ‘Lord Raglan is utterly incompetent to lead an army’ – this was the first time such divisive comment about Britain’s military commanders had appeared in the press. Revealing the sufferings of the British Army during the winter of 1854, his accounts even upset Queen Victoria who described Russell’s writings as ‘infamous attacks against the army which have disgraced our newspapers’. Lord Raglan complained that Russell had revealed military information potentially useful to the enemy.
The fear of chemical attack from enemy air fleets – ‘the bomber will always get through’ – and the vulnerability of modern cities to high explosives and incendiaries encouraged the development of volunteer Air Raid Precaution (ARP) services and the production of numerous leaflets informing householders about how to survive such an eventuality. G. Wells’ prophetic vision, did little to allay. ’ Amazingly, as an item in this book proves, there were many quite liberally minded people who thought that Hitler’s decision to incorporate the largely German-speaking Sudeten region of Czechoslovakia into the Third Reich, which triggered the Munich Crisis in 1938, was not an unreasonable ambition.
Orpen’s most famous works, however, are his large paintings of the Versailles Peace Conference which captured the political machinations of the assembled statesmen. He presented over one-hundred of his original artworks to the British government on the understanding that they should be mounted in simple white frames and kept together as a single body of work. They are now in the collection of the Imperial War Museum in London. Like Nash, Eric Kennington had been invalided out of the army early in the war.
A Guide To War Publications of the First & Second World War by Arthur Ward