chapter  2
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THE WAR BEGINS: PROPAGANDA, RECRUITMENT AND STATE SUPPORT OF FAMILIES

Vera Brittain, like other young women of her class and age, may have felt initially that little could be done to aid the war effort, and that there was little that the nation needed women to do. However, governments as well as other organisations quickly seized upon certain images of women to help translate the complicated political and diplomatic crises that had led to the outbreak of war into much simpler terms. The defence of women and children, of family and honour, became one important way to define the reasons for the war on the Allied side. Such concepts were translated visually through posters and eventually cinema, and also became a staple element of wartime media.