Imperial War Museum, Letterpresses
Other posters used the metaphor to emphasise the trivial nature of a sporting contest, in comparison to the urgent needs of the war, making their appeal to the virtues of good sportsmanship, patriotism and the just nature of the cause.
These posters are interesting in that they give little reason for fighting other than fighting itself. The call for 1,000,000 more men openly indicates the scale of the risks involved.
As the soldiers discovered, however, the war they were involved in was an adrenaline-fuelled activity, and the reality was that soldiers could not make the switch so easily - stories of atrocities on both sides were commonplace.