Revolution and Republic
1919-1920

 

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  • 1918

 

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After two years of fruitless fighting, on 29 August 1916, Paul von Hindenburg was appointed Supreme Commander of the German armies. Brought out of retirement in 1914 and credited with winning the battle of Tannenberg against superior Russian forces, Field Marshal Hindenburg, and his Chief of Staff, General Erich Ludendorff, became the virtual dicator of the country until the end of the war. To the Germans, Hindenburg was a national hero, and wartime propaganda featured his martial face and impressive figure rather than that of the Kaiser.

This particular poster was issued early in 1918, immediately after Germany's victorious conclusion of the war against Russia, and during the costly March-July offensive against Paris. The caption is characteristic

The times are hard, but
victory is certain.

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