Soviet Propaganda Posters of the Second World War

These incredible posters produced by the Soviet Union’s Moscow based news agency, TASS, during the Second World War, show the history of the conflict from a particularly vibrant and often gruesome Soviet perspective. The large prints, reaching between 5 and 10 feet tall, were displayed in shop windows throughout the war, with nearly a poster produced for every day of Russian involvement (1941-1945). Like an artistic journal, the posters (displayed here in chronological order) are especially interesting in the way the they track the progress of the war and the attitudes of their creators as the conflict progressed.

Currently “Windows on the War“, a collection of 250 posters is on display at the Art Institute of Chicago; the first time the posters have been seen on US soil since World War II. This amazing show runs until October 23rd. To see more from the collection, see the Art Institute’s tumblr.

Meeting Over Berlin, 1941

Thunderous Blow, June 17, 1942

The Wedding Present, July 1, 1942

Fascist “Art Historians”, December 1, 1942

Thus Shall It Be!, December 28, 1942

The Metamorphosis of the “Fritzes”, January 15, 1943

Always, in All Times and Ages, Russian Soldiers Have Beaten the Prussians, June 19, 1943

The Moralistic Wolf (A Fable), July 19, 1943

At a Dead End, October 26, 1943

The German Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, March 22, 1944

Untitled (depicts the Dniepr river between Kherson, Ukraine and Žlobin, Belarus), April 1944

The Hour Approaches, May 26, 1944

Three Years of War, June 11, 1944

Untitled (lower right reads Leningrad: todays St. Petersburg), June 27, 1944

Untitled, Early September, 1944

Victory!, May 12, 1945

Untitled (Nuremberg Trials), November 29, 1945


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