B228 - Falsehood in Wartime. Propaganda Lies of the First World War by Arthur Ponsonby

No war began with higher hopes and ended in more bitter disappointment than the First World War, a mechanized four-year slaughter that took the lives of nearly ten million men, including the flower of the young manhood of France, Germany and Britain.

 Capturing the optimistic wartime spirit, British author H.G. Wells exclaimed: “This, the greatest of all wars, is not just another war- it is the last war!” To maintain popular enthusiasm and support for the ever bloodier conflict, British, French and (later) American propaganda tirelessly depicted their German adversaries as vicious criminal “Huns,” and portrayed the German emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II, as a rapacious, lunatic monster in human form.

 The London Financial Times told readers in June 1915 that the Kaiser had personally ordered the torturing of three-year old Belgian children, even specifying the tortures to be inflicted. Rudyard Kipling wrote in the London Morning Post: “There are only two divisions in the world today, human beings and Germans.” (Phillip Knightley, The First Casualty, New York: 1975, pp. 83,84.)

 Here in this eye-opening classic, member of Parliament Arthur Ponsonby deftly debunks the most scurrilous propaganda lies of the great war of 1914-1918.

Paperback, 192 pages.