One propaganda slogan intended to recruit soldiers during World War I was, "Don't read American history – make it!" Another good example was, "A wonderful opportunity for you – the United States Navy."Continue Reading
Some propaganda slogans were intended for all Americans, such as, "Wake up, America! Civilization calls every man, woman and child!" People working in war factories were told, "Rivets are bayonets – drive them home!" Women on the homefront were encouraged with slogans such as, "Our boys need sox; knit your bit."
Other propaganda slogans during World War I highlighted the plight of the civilians caught in the fighting. This included slogans such as, "Must children die and mothers plead in vain? Buy more Liberty Bonds." The efforts of soldiers were emphasized using the slogan, "For you – they are giving their lives over there. For them – you must give every cent you can spare."Learn more about World War 1
While the official ages to serve in all of the countries in World War 1 ranged from about 17-45 years old, records indicate that some soldiers serving in the British army were as young as 12 years old.Full Answer >
While each of the countries involved in World War I outfitted their soldiers differently, there were many common features among the soldiers' gear. Common soldiers carried rifles or carbines equipped with bayonets, while officers generally carried a pistol and a sword or baton as a secondary weapon. A gas mask was an indispensable part of the soldier's kit due to the development and widespread use of mustard gas.Full Answer >
Life for soldiers in World War I followed a specific routine that involved waking up at around 5 a.m., performing military drills when not engaged in direct combat, eating breakfast, having an early dinner, sleeping briefly, performing more military exercises and then doing physical labor before retiring for the evening. Soldiers in World War I spent most of the time in trenches on the front line. They rarely moved from the trenches except to move from one battle ground to the next, and shared close living and sleeping quarters with other men.Full Answer >
Uniforms of American soldiers in World War I consisted of a tunic, overcoat and trousers in olive drab wool for winter, with a lighter weight of khaki cotton for summer. The uniforms for enlisted men and officers were substantially the same, with the same design and placement of high collars, pockets and shoulder straps.Full Answer >