Wartime posters are often striking, evocative images.
"The function of the poster today is to appeal to our subconscious feelings and our barely conscious needs and channel them so that we do what the sponsor of the poster wants us to do," writes Max Gallo in "The Poster in History."
Given the likelihood of devastation and mass loss of life in war, it takes a powerful illustration to convince people to support a war effort.
Online retail site Abebooks recently rounded up a collection of US, English, and Chinese vintage posters from the Mexican Revolution, WWI, and WWII. Many sought to push men to enlist, encourage women to volunteer, and convince everyone on the home front to make financial contributions.
In order to accomplish those goals, these posters appeal to just about everything, including honor, mercy, and "gold and glory":
Charles Buckles Falls illustrated this WWI recruiting poster, which depicts the commanding gaze of a beckoning sergeant, for the U.S. Marines.
This 1920 poster dangles "gold and glory," along with famed Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, to encourage U.S. citizens to travel south and fight in the Mexican Revolution.
This 1917 World War I poster appealed to national pride to recruit British ex-pats living in New York.
The Red Cross published this romantic 1917 WWI poster, which references Michaelangelo's Pieta.
This 1917 poster by popular wartime illustrator Howard Chandler Christy encourages U.S. citizens to support the war effort by enlisting or purchasing bonds.
Lady Liberty stands tall in this 1917 war poster, which encouraged Brooklynites to serve in a branch of the U.S. military.
This 1917 Women's Land Army poster depicting a dutiful woman doing farm chores was published in London to encourage women to work the land in place of men who had gone to serve in WWI.
Published around 1917, this urgent poster tells women their country needs them to support the U.S. Navy — through clerical work.
This WWI era poster illustrates U.S. Marines firing artillery from a ship in the frenzy of battle to encourage people to enlist at a New York City recruiting office.
Not all posters spurred individuals to enlist. Published around 1942, this poster published by a lobbying group of the National Lumber Manufacturers Association features Uncle Sam encouraging wartime lumber production.
The Department of Commerce's National Inventors Council sought to encourage wartime innovation with this 1942 poster.
Commercial photographer and former Harpers Bazaar magazine art director Ruzzie Green designed this 1943 poster, which sought to encourage women to join the Army Nurse Corps.
And a benevolent U.S. Army nurse ministers to a soldier recover in this 1945 work, which seeks to recruit women for a "glorious service of mercy."
The Trump administration is trying to assure Congress that it does not want to start a war with Iran, but some lawmakers who fought in Iraq are not so sure.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford both briefed Congress on Tuesday about Iran. Shanahan told reporters earlier on Tuesday that the U.S. military buildup in the region has stopped Iran and its proxies from attacking U.S. forces, but the crisis is not yet over.
"We've put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans," Shanahan said. "That doesn't mean that the threats that we've previously identified have gone away. Our prudent response, I think, has given the Iranians time to recalculate. I think our response was a measure of our will and our resolve that we will protect our people and our interests in the region."
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump warned on Monday Iran would be met with "great force" if it attacked U.S. interests in the Middle East, and government sources said Washington strongly suspects Shi'ite militias with ties to Tehran were behind a rocket attack in Baghdad's Green Zone.
"I think Iran would be making a very big mistake if they did anything," Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Monday evening for an event in Pennsylvania. "If they do something, it will be met with great force but we have no indication that they will."
After a year and a half since the Army took delivery on the first of its souped-up new version of the M1 Abrams main battle tank, the Pentagon's Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio is ramping up to deliver the service's first full brigade of upgraded warhorses to bring the pain downrange.
On Tuesday, two political veterans groups, one on the left, the other on the right, announced a new lobbying campaign aimed at ending America's 'forever wars.'
In a video tied to the announcement, Dan Caldwell, the senior adviser to Concerned Veterans for America, a conservative veterans' group, and Jon Soltz, the chairman of VoteVets, a liberal vets group which aims to get former service members into office, laid out their plan for a lobbying campaign aimed at changing policy on how the United States wages war.