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BHC 300018 First World War Poster - Be Honest WIth Yourself
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BHC 300018 First World War Poster - Be Honest WIth Yourself

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Made in 1915 - Horatio Herbert Kitchener (1850-1916) is best remembered for his appearance on Alfred Leete’s famous First World War poster, 'Your Country Needs You'.  A career soldier, Kitchener served in Palestine, Egypt, South Africa and India prior to the First World War, eventually becoming Consul General to Egypt in 1911. With the outbreak of the First World War he was made Secretary of State for War and oversaw the massive expansion of the British Army. However, organisational shortcomings lost him responsibility for strategy and munitions production. Involvement in the failed Dardanelles Campaign in 1915 further tarnished his reputation. However, Kitchener’s offer to resign was rebuffed owing to his public popularity and status as a national figurehead. Kitchener was drowned in June 1916 when his ship, HMS Hampshire, struck a mine off the Orkneys. The image is a depiction in silhouette of British soldiers operating an artillery piece. An aircraft flies past above. The text reads  'BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF. BE CERTAIN THAT YOUR SO-CALLED REASON IS NOT A SELFISH EXCUSE' LORD KITCHENER ENLIST TO-DAY Published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, London, Poster No 127.

26 x 41 cm

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