Haig's urgent appeal: enlist now!

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number ARTV04972
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 76 x 101.4 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description photolithograph on paper
Maker Unknown
A Vaughan Government Photolithographer
Place made Australia: South Australia, Adelaide
Date made 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Australian First World War poster issued by the State Recruiting Committee of South Australia. It features a striking image of a golden sun, stylised in the same manner as the rising sun badge worn by the AIF. The sun is setting into a blue ocean. Inscribed in red on the sun is a quote from Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig, Commander -in -Chief, British Armies in France. Silhouetted in black in the foreground are two warships, a submarine and waves. AFC aeroplanes are depicted in colour, roundels clearly visible, in the upper left and right. The title printed in white is positioned top and bottom. The image and text are framed within a red and white border.
The quote is taken from Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig's renowned Special Order of the Day 11 April 1918. Referred to as his "Backs to the Wall" communiqué the order was issued from his General Headquarters to boost troop morale when the British position seemed desperate during the spring German offensive in Ypres.