Lord Kitchener's Image

The face of World War One belonged to Lord Kitchener.

His pointing finger, walrus moustache and staring eyes adorned recruiting posters outside every town hall in Britain in September 1914.

But how did this Victorian imperialist convince so many young men to head off for the trenches? Ian Hislop examines Kitchener's iconic status with help from art critics, military historians and members of the Kitchener family.

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The face of World War One belonged to Lord Kitchener.

His pointing finger, walrus moustache and staring eyes adorned recruiting posters outside every town hall in Britain in September 1914.

But how did this Victorian imperialist convince so many young men to head off for the trenches? Ian Hislop examines Kitchener's iconic status with help from art critics, military historians and members of the Kitchener family.

Ian Hislop examines the iconic status of Lord Kitchener, the face of World War I, with help from art critics, military historians and members of the Kitchener family.

Ian Hislop examines the iconic status of Lord Kitchener, the face of World War I.