Strengthen our defences

Strengthen our defences

In the spring of 1919, the Republic of the Soviets encountered a pressing need to defend against the encircling enemy, mobilize all its resources and forces to defend the proletariat’s conquests. The prime defenders of the proletariat republic were the Red Army and its most important agitation and propaganda resource was the military poster. Its distinctive feature was the strict compliance with a specific task. Along with agitation pieces, the artists created posters with important military texts and short poems. Such posters were not meant to solve any single task, being instead instruments of political and martial education.

After the end of the Civil War, when the influence of the armed forces was on the rise, the character of posters changed. Government propaganda, including poster art, never stopped. Poster artists used simple, easy to understand language when addressing workers and Farmers, mostly short political slogans, such as "Strengthen Our Defenses!". The army and the navy were continuously replenished with aircraft, tanks, vehicles and warships built on membership fees from voluntary societies and government lottery profits.

The early 1930s were a time of universal military training and the strengthening of the commanding staff. In those years, one of the main tasks of poster art was to demonstrate the combat strength of the armed forces by means of showing military equipment parades, aircrafts and Navy ships. As part of the preparation for the new USSR constitution and the increase of categories of people to be recruited into the armed forces, the poster artists were tasked with revealing the national nature of the invincible Red Army and one of the topics was "Army and Children".

After the victorious conclusion of the Great Patriotic War, the theme of protecting the country and the peaceful labor of the Soviet people was reflected in holiday posters for the February celebration and the celebrations of the various armed forces. As the military confrontation with NATO escalated and the Soviet Army and Navy were equipped with effective new weaponry, military posters began using two staple images — the cheerful Soviet fighter and the courageous officer — the skilled and reliable defenders of the Motherland, constantly standing guard its borders.

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A. Kokorekin Protect our beloved Motherland! Moscow, Leningrad 1946s
Strengthen our defences! A. Kokorekin Protect our beloved Motherland! Moscow, Leningrad 1..
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A. Krasitskaya On guard of peace and labor! Moscow 1961s
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A. Rachevsky The navy is the ever vigilant guardian of the USSR’s sea borders! Moscow, Leningrad 1939s
Strengthen our defences! A. Rachevsky The navy is the ever vigilant guardian of the USSR’s s..
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D. Moor  Be on Guard!  Moscow 1920
Strengthen our defences! D. Moor Be on Guard! Moscow 1920 SIZE OF POSTER 297 * 420 mm ..
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D. Moor The Red Guard does not look for blood yet he ever ready… Moscow 1920
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G. Klutsis Long years to the Workers’ and Peasant’s Red Army – the faithful guardian of the Soviet borders! Moscow, Leningrad 1935s
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I. Yang The Red Army is the faithful guardian of the Land of the Soviets Moscow, Leningrad 1932s
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L. Pisarev Guard our country’s calm both above the waves and beneath them! Moscow 1964s
Strengthen our defences! L. Pisarev Guard our country’s calm both above the waves and beneat..
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Lyubimov The Red Army is the faithful guardian og October – the bulwark of the peaceful construction of the USSR Moscow, Leningrad
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M. Kalinin Live, learn and build safely! Tashkent 1960s
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M. Soloviev We guard the peace and the constructive labor of our people! Moscow, Leningrad 1949s
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N. Borov, G. Zamsky Strengthen the USSR naval borders. Buy OSVOD lottery tickets! Increase the strength of the Soviet fleet! Moscow 1932s
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N. Kogout We do not want to fight, but we will defend the Soviets! Moscow 1922
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N. Zhukov We are always ready to defend our socialist motherland! Moscow, Leningrad 1938s
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P. Golub Always on guard! Moscow 1953s
Strengthen our defences! P. Golub Always on guard! Moscow 1953 SIZE OF POSTER 297 * 42..
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P. Sokolov-Skalya Strengthen the defense of the USSR! Moscow 1927s
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Unknow Artist By organizing the rear, cooperation strengthens the Red Army Moscow 1930s
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V. Govorkov Prepare to defend against the interventionists. Osoviohimovets pilots, come to the military training station 1932s
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V. Govorkov Strengthen the USSR defenses! Prepare for the Red Army draft! Moscow, Leningrad 1932s
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V. Koretsky Keep the peace and happiness of our beloved motherland! Moscow, Leningrad 1948s
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V. Koretsky On the guard of peace! Moscow, Leningrad 1946s
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V. Koretsky Protecting the motherland is the scared duty of every citizen of the USSR! Moscow, Leningrad 1941s
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V. Kulagina To the defense of the USSR Moscow, Leningrad 1930s
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V. Viktorov Always on guard Moscow 1965s
Strengthen our defences! V. Viktorov Always on guard Moscow 1965 SIZE OF POSTER 297 * ..
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