The battle near Ivan-gorod (Ivan-town) pictured here is part of the bigger operation in East Prussia (part of Germany) known as the Battle of the Vistula River, or the Battle of Warsaw, which lasted from 29 September till 31 October 1914. It is interesting that the picture describes the war as the ‘great patriotic’, clearly establishing links with the war against Napoleon in 1812, which was also known as The Great Patriotic War of 1812. Napoleon’s invasion ended in humiliating defeat of the French army and it was a very important reference to be made for the Russian people.
- Article by:
- Ian Cooke
From the beginning of World War One, both sides of the conflict used propaganda to shape international opinion. Curator Ian Cooke considers the newspapers, books and cartoons produced in an attempt to influence both neutral and enemy countries.