British propaganda during World War I

Pierre Lagacé:

Great post. Propaganda is still working today.

Originally posted on 20th century battles:

As we saw in the last article, during World War I, British propaganda took various forms, including photography, art and film. Britain also placed significant emphasis on atrocity propaganda as a way of mobilizing public opinion against Germany.

Britain had no propaganda agencies at the war’s outbreak, but an organization was soon established at Wellington House under Charles Masterman in responseto propaganda activities in Germany. During most of the war, responsibility for propaganda was divided between various agencies, resulting in a lack of coordination. It was not until 1918 that activities were centralized under the Ministry of Information.

When the war finished, almost all of the propaganda machinery was dismantled. There were various interwar debates regarding British use of propaganda, particularly atrocity propaganda. Commentators such as Arthur Ponsonby exposed many of the alleged atrocities as either lies or exaggeration, leading to a suspicion surrounding atrocity stories which meant a reluctance to…

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August 2, 1945

Pierre Lagacé:

I want to share this story because of this…

Two of the veterans I met told me that they were witnesses to caskets being prepared in England.

After a crash, when little was left, they would fill the caskets with whatever body parts they could find of the bomber crew.

This is what happened with the 18 December 1944 crash at Tholthorpe. The veteran who told me that story in May 2015 had never told it to anyone before. One of his friends was the pilot.

He then broke up into tears. He felt this wasn’t right for the families who would never know.

Originally posted on Wayne's Journal:

They All Came Home

Bonnie Gray & Harry Nordman Gray -- 1945 Bonnie Gray & Harry Nordman Gray — 1945 Wayne’s youngest brother, Harry Nordman Gray, returned to the United States on August 2, 1945. He celebrated his 19th birthday in Germany five weeks before. He was the last member of his family to have seen his brother, Verne, before Verne went overseas. Harry hadn’t seen his older brother, Wayne, since 1943.

Wayne’s younger brother, Robert Searls Gray, returned from Italy in 1945. The date, though, is lost to his family.

Ken Cline’s brother, Art, deployed from Guam to Japan in November 1945 as part of the occupation force. The 64th Engineer Topographic Battalion sailed from Guam on 4 November and arrived at Yokohama, Japan on 13 November 1945.1 On 15 November, the unit moved into the Isetan Department Store building and occupied the floors above floor three. The building stood undamaged at the intersection of Shinjuku-dori…

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Gaman – Portraits of Chicago Nisei WWII Veterans

Pierre Lagacé:

Sharing history

Originally posted on Nikkei Chicago / 日系シカゴ:

Gaman: Portraits of Chicago Nisei World War II Veterans, chronicles the experiences of six Japanese American veterans. After the United States entered World War II, Executive Order 9066 was signed, classifying all Japanese living in the United States, citizens and non-citizens, as 4C – Enemy Alien. Those living on the west coast were ordered to report to assembly centers and relocated to internment camps.

Gaman explores the veterans memories before the war, the impact the attack on Pearl Harbor had on their lives, the internment, their time in the military, and how they settled in Chicago, Illinois after the war.

Gaman: Portraits of Chicago Nisei World War II Veterans follows the stories of six Japanese American veterans.

Video by DANIEL IZUI

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Contributor Bio:

Daniel Izui is a Yonsei from Evanston, Illinois.  He is a graduate of the Brooks Institute’s film school in Santa Barbara and Ventura, California.  His grandfather…

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