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Posted 5 years ago


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The poor sailor shown here has nothing left but his fighting spirit and enough energy to flip off his foes one last time. The post card illustrated here is what I call positive propaganda. I define positive propaganda as propaganda that is boosting your side by highlighting your virtues. In this case the German Fighting Spirit. Other positive German propaganda cards show battles being won, happy troops in the field and at home, royalty doing their duty to support the war effort etc. Negative propaganda on the other hand usually depict the enemy as inhumane or sub-human and is more often than not based on lies. The Germans were supposed to be masters of propaganda but from what I see here I doubt it. While this card shows an undefeatable fighting spirit it is also a German admission that they can be and were defeated in battle. If I were calling the shots back then that is something that I would not want to admit to anyone.


  1. Militarist Militarist, 5 years ago
    Thanks everyone!! I just made this my computer desk top picture.
  2. SpiritBear SpiritBear, 2 years ago
    This one is lovely.
    I think it good to admit that defeat is possible, but still to show their pride and that they'd go down fighting if they go down at all.

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