Le Maréchal Pétain [graphic] : l'Illustration
- [Paris?] : L'Illustration, 
- Copyright Date:
- Physical Description:
- 1 print (poster) : color ; 61 x 41 cm
- Portrait of Marshal Phillipe Pétain by an unknown artist, in black & white, with green-gray border.
- Related Titles:
- World War I poster collection.
- Other Forms:
- Also available online.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Rare Books copy: Gift of Louis F. Peck, Professor of English, 1965.
- Administrative History:
- World War I began as a conflict between the Allies (France, the United Kingdom, and Russia) and the Central Powers (Germany and Austria-Hungary). The assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary and his wife Sophie ignited the war in 1914. Italy joined the Allies in 1915, followed by the United States in 1917. A ceasefire was declared at 11 AM on 11 November 1918. The poster was a major tool for broad dissemination of information during the war. Countries on both sides of the conflict distributed posters widely to garner support, urge action, and boost morale.
Phillipe Pétain was a French military and political figure during the first half of the 20th century. He achieved success as a general during World War I, notably at the Battle of Verdun, and became a celebrated national figure; he was made Marshall of France in 1918. Between the wars, Pétain remained acrtive in the French military, and was a strong advocate of the Maginot Line. After France's continued setbacks in World War II, Pétain took over as Prime Minister, and helped orchestrate the notorious armistice with Germany, and the so-called Vichy Government, leading to his arrest and trial on charges of treason after the war. He remains a controversial figure.
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