WWI JOIN THE AIR SERVICE AND SERVE IN FRANCE by Verrees 1917 At the start of the Great War, the airplane was only ten years old, and the U.S. military ranked 16th in the world, just behind Portugal. By July of 1917, General John J. Pershing requested a force of one million men. To appeal to potential recruits, a propaganda campaign was crafted by the Committee on Public Information that included recruiting posters by some of America’s top illustrators. Themes of honour, patriotism, adventure, education, and heroism themed these recruitment call-to-action posters.
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