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Tribute in blood paid to the German barbarians, British propaganda postcard, published by G Pulman & Sons, London, 1915

The card refers to the execution of the English nurse Edith Cavell, who was working in Belgium and was accused by the German military courts of helping prisoners of war to escape. Executed as a spy in 1915, Miss Cavell and her tragic fate were used in anti-German propaganda in order to denounce the “Teutonic furore”. On the back, the card bears the text : "Miss Cavell and German Kultur – a welcome gift for Kaiser's birthday".

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    The battle for hearts and minds.

    The First World War saw the creation for the first time of dedicated institutions of propaganda intended to generate a perception of the war that was as uniform as possible. Britain and the United States of America took a pioneering role in the development of psychological warfare. The Central Powers at first underestimated the opportunities offered by propaganda and only started to organize propaganda measures centrally as the war progressed.