Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C
# the uk wants you
Check out this fascinating World War I recruitment poster targeting Irish men
“Is Germany going to treat Ireland differently from Poland?”

RECRUITMENT POSTERS FROM wars have fascinated people for centuries.

The US Library of Congress has a great selection the public can view online, including the British poster below targeting Irish recruits:


It reads:

The Germans have set themselves to crush Poland out of existence. They have uprooted some 25,000 Polish farmers, and replaced them by Germans. … Now, during all this period, the British Government has been labouring to reinstate and root the Irish People in their own soil … Is Germany going to treat Ireland differently from Poland? … I appeal to every young man of military age to join the colours.

The Rev. William P. Burke, C.C., at Cahir, 14th November, 1915. (sic)

More World War I posters can be viewed here.

Read: Thank you for the 40 pairs of socks: the Irish care packages of WWI

Read: 8 Irish characters who were changed forever by World War I

Your Voice
Readers Comments