- in 1914 men rushed to enlist.
- wave of patriotism
- many believed war was an adventure and it would be over by christmas
- Lord Kitchener ( poiny finger man) was incharge of raising an army
- over 1/2 million joined in the first 6 weeks
but by 1915.
- the govt made postersfor more British men to enlist
- there were mases of people killed so recrutment slowed down
- propaganda was amde to maintain numbers that enlisted
- peoples attitudes changed and began to realise it wasnt a big adventure and that it wouldnt be over by christmas
how were civilians effected by the war?
the dora act
- these acts(laws) were past in 1914
- gave the govt power to intervene with peoples lives
- British summer time introduced(incresed more daylight hours for work)
- the right to water down beer(to reduce drunkeness and they would be ready to work the next day
- censorship- gave govt power of what was printed about war in newspapers
- govt could force workers into to vital war work like coal mining
national registration act 1915- all men aged 15-65 gave their name, age , ocupation to a register +when asked join the army
the derby scheme october 1915 followed- were unmaried men were taken first then married ones
rationing.- dora act allowed govt to take over land for crops, in 1914 Britans food came from abroad + german u-boats began to sink them,in 1917 britain began rationing due to u-boats + food shotages.
propaganda during the war
the use of propaganda
- made sure peoples attitudes towards war remained positive
- Dora meant propaganda could be printed in newspapers
war propaganda bureau
- first efforts was to see if some of the german atrocities happened
- in 1915 there was a report published from very little evidence that they did happen
department of infomation.
- Lloyd George set it up.
- four main functions- providing propaganda material, supervising propaganda material in cinemas, gathering pollitical intelligence from abroad, controlling war news released to the news papers
- in march1918 it became the ministry of information
- most propaganda doesnt consist of all lies
- most propaganda was informationthe govt wanted to present in the best way.