The Art of War at Home and Abroad

Between 1914 and 1945, the world was torn apart by two devastating world wars. This gallery features depictions of the effects that these two wars had on the world, from bringing people together at home to aid the soldiers abroad to the horrifying events taking place on the battlefield in painting, photographs and other mediums.

"E-e-e-yah-yip, go over with U.S. Marines" is a World War I propaganda poster created to encourage enlistment into the United States Marine Corp. It depicts a marine cheering and raising his bayonet with the battle cry, "E-E-E-YAH-YIP go over with U.S. Marines," across the top on an orange background.
Even though children couldn't afford liberty bonds, they could still help the war effort through buying war savings stamps. This picture depicts Uncle Sam teaching two children about saving their quarters to buy war savings stamps.
"Gassed and Wounded" is an oil on canvas painting that depicts an interior scene of a World War I field hospital full of blinded and wounded soldiers with the focus on one soldier carrying another on a stretcher. The soldier on the stretcher is blinded and has his mouth open in agony. Here we see the devastating effects chemical weapons had on the battlefield.
Here we see more World War I era propaganda. This poster, encouraging Americans to buy more liberty bonds to help fund the war effort, depicts a soldier wielding a bayonet standing over a dead enemy soldier.
World War I was a "total war" where nearly all of a country's resources and production went into fueling the war effort. This oil on canvas piece by Anna Airy shows the production of artillery shells inside of a projectile factory. On the left, workers are operating the forges and in the foreground we see a factory worker bent over a glowing hot molten shell.
Here we have another piece showing the effects chemical weapons had on soldiers out on the battlefield. This piece by Sargent John Singer shows a line of temporarily blinded troops being led by another soldier. Each soldier has their hand on the shoulder of the soldier in front of them as they walk. In the background we see a similar line of blinded soldiers.
"December 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy." Here is an aerial black and white photograph taken on the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii by an unknown photographer. It shows a row of battleships in the foreground and a large cloud of smoke can be seen in the distance.
During World War II the German army introduced a new method of attack known as the "Blitzkrieg" or "Lightning War." Here we see a man in the foreground standing amongst the rubble of a destroyed building with two individuals to the right. In the background we see a group of people in the remains of another destroyed structure. Some appear hunched over as if they are searching for something.
There were many fierce battles during World War II and many lives were lost. In this grisly watercolor painting we get a glimpse of the horrors of battle. On the left are two dead soldiers with one missing a leg and shells around them. In the middle there is a group of soldiers underneath a tree either wounded or exhausted from battle. In the distance you can see vehicles and soldiers marching toward their next destination.
France fell to Nazi Germany in 1940. 4 years later in 1944, allied forces would arrive to aid in the Liberation of Paris. The Grand Palais acted as a headquarters for French resistance fighters. In the background the Grand Palais can be seen on fire after a German tank shot at it and ignited hay that was set up for an upcoming circus show.
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