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WWI Poster, The Empire Needs Men

WWI Parliamentary Recruiting Committee Poster, design by Arthur Wardle (1864-1949), The Empire Needs Men! Enlist Now. Depicting a lion and cubs, representing Britain and her Empire. Date: 1915

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Arthur Colonialism Committee Cubs Enlist Join Lion Parliamentary Patriotic Patriotism Recruiting Recruitment Symbol Symbolic Symbolism Wardle Zealand


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This powerful and iconic WWI poster, titled "The Empire Needs Men!" was designed by renowned British artist Arthur Wardle in 1915 for the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee. The poster, which depicts a majestic lion with its cubs, symbolizes Britain and her colonial empire, calling upon its citizens to enlist and join the army to defend the empire during the First World War. The lion's fierce gaze and the determined look on the cubs' faces convey a sense of duty, courage, and patriotism. The poster's design was widely used across the British Empire, including in Australia, Canada, India, and New Zealand, to encourage recruitment efforts during the war. The use of the lion as a symbol of Britain and its colonies was a common motif during this period, reflecting the belief in the superiority of the British Empire and the idea of colonialism. The "Empire Needs Men!" poster is an important historical artifact that represents the patriotic spirit and the collective sacrifice of the people of the British Empire during the First World War. The image of the lion and cubs continues to be a powerful and symbolic representation of the unity and strength of the empire, and serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made during times of war.

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