Wednesday, February 10, 2016
We also discussed and looked at a variety of war posters from the era, including the one above. Look carefully and you will see that the Germans have made their way to Kansas, killed the old man farmer, the grandma, and are about the kill the young farmer and sexually abuse his wife...yes it is all there and men better enlist to stop the enemy. Students will be copying a poster during some time in class while we continue to learn more about the course of the war. We've taken a look at the distinctive German war helmet, the Picklehaube which is easily identifiable in many of the posters.
When I was a child, the old timers still called the Germans "Huns" and yes, even the Japanese were sometimes called "Japs." This was a different era, and many of my uncles had served in World War II and had bitter memories about the war that took so many of their comrades.
Also, the idea of going off to war in World War I was not that popular in America. Many called it a "Britishman's war," and the nightmare of losing a son in a far off battlefield when there wasn't universal support foreshadowed the Vietnam war.