By Arthur Ward

In WW2 info leaflets and posters proliferated. squaddies have been bombarded with box laws, airmen with the most recent updates approximately airborne early caution, bomb points of interest and radio navigation and sailors with fabric that helped them determine enemy plane and submarines and informed them tips on how to function the hot send board guns to break them.

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Viennese painter, illustrator, industrial designer and graphic artist Erwin Puchinger was a major component of the Austrian art scene and a friend and contemporary of Gustav Klimt, among others. Puchinger worked in London, Prague and Paris but during the war he was obliged to support his nation. His famous 1915 war-loan poster depicting a classical image of a knight defending a woman and child from the spears of unseen attackers reflects the influence of the Vienna Secession, of which he was a major part.

These and other pacifistic initiatives helped to change attitudes and went some way towards the formation of the League of Nations, the covenant for which was signed at the Paris Peace Conference in June 1919. As attitudes towards militarism changed numerous organisations joined the clarion call for an end to war. These included the War Resisters’ International, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, the No More War Movement and the Peace Pledge Union (PPU). The League of Nations also convened several disarmament conferences in the inter-war period, the most significant of which was the Geneva Conference.

Postcards were a useful way fighting men of all nations could keep in touch with loved ones at home. This very collectable German example stresses the importance of a pause in the shooting so troops could catch up on their correspondence from home. The Daily Mirror reported Hitler’s death on 2 May 1945 and stated that Admiral Karl Dönitz would succeed him as Führer. Safe-conduct pass signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower, then Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force during Operation Torch in North Africa.

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