Posters of the Great War by Frederick Hadley, Martin Pegler

I was excited to read Posters of the Great War by Frederick Hadley, Martin Pegler* and I’m so glad I did. It is an amazing book. I was expecting to see posters from Britain, but the book is so much more than that. It contains posters from UK, France, Germany, US, and also one or two from Russia and Italy. It was fascinating to see the differences between them, not only when it comes to propaganda, but how they were designed, who designed them, who paid for them.

Posters of the Great War by Frederick Hadley, Martin Pegler

During the Great War, posters were a very important means of communication. Even today posters are used, when we have radio, television, and social media. Back then, these would inform people, but were also used for propaganda, to raise funds for the war effort, to keep public moral high, or to justify the war.

The book contains 200 posters, most of them made during wartime and a few after that. I was surprised to see many historical references in them, showing that people at that time were educated and knew mythology and history. The styles are so different, but you can see a theme throughout the German ones, for example, a style which is unique to them.

While I read this book because I am studying the WWI period, I think this book would be very good for people who are interested in propaganda, including modern-day propaganda and public information, and, of course, for those who have a passion for art. All of these were designed by artists and their message is sometimes very powerful.

Posters of the Great War by Frederick Hadley, Martin Pegler

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes!!
Published by: Pen and Sword. In Association with Historical Museum of the Great War, Péronne, France
Year it was published: 2013
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): History – WWI
Pages: 160

About the author: Frederick Hadley is curator at the Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne, and he has written and compiled many articles and books for the museum.
Martin Pegler was curator of firearms at the Royal Armouries for twenty years. During his career he shoot almost every historic and current sniping rifle. He is the author of a dozen books about firearms, but specialises in the development sniper and technology of sniping. He lives in France with his wife.
Website & Social Media Links: Pen and Sword

*I was sent a copy of Posters of the Great War by Frederick Hadley, Martin Pegler for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.



6 thoughts on “Posters of the Great War by Frederick Hadley, Martin Pegler”

  • This sounds like an interesting book. I used to manage a museum collection of First World War posters and they were always popular with researchers.

  • What an interesting sounding book. I bet you were comparing how the posters looked for say the UK vs `Germany, it’s amazing to think that this happened within the lifetimes of a lot of people alive but the world has changed so much since then x

  • When I saw on Goodreads that you were reading this book, I thought then that I might enjoy it, so I popped across to Amazon, where the book was listed with a ‘Read Inside’ button, so I could check out the first few pages. It’s definitely one I might consider buying, as I find both the commentary and the amazing art work so interesting. It also reminds me so much of the type of thing on display in the Robert Opie museum and I wouldn’t mind another trip there one day! Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend 🙂

    • The commentary is really good and each chapter has a small introduction of a couple of pages, which is very good too. I hope you’ll have a wonderful weekend too. x

    • It is a wonderful book indeed. I think you would be interested by the differences in funding for posters between UK and US.

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