Canada and the First World War

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The "Scrap of Paper"
The 1839 Treaty of London guaranteed Belgium's neutrality. In 1914, German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg infamously sneered at Britain's willingness to go to war over a "scrap of paper." This British poster encouraged enlistment by arousing sympathy for Belgium and support for the British Empire's pledge of honour in its defence.

Wartime Recruiting Poster
CWM 19900053-083