The Ministry of Information was part of Britain's civil
service. Its job was to provide the public with information in a way that
would be effective and easy to remember.
During the war, this department had to provide information
about issues like rationing, air raids etc. However, it also produced material
to boost morale or make people hate the enemy. In other words, it produced
This poster comes from late 1941. Up to that point, Britain
had been fighting very much alone against Germany, Italy and Japan. In June
1941 Hitler attacked the USSR. This meant that Britain now had a large and
The fact that Britain and the USSR had disagreed over
many issues in the past was quickly forgotten. Both sides were opposed to
Fascism was a term which was often used in the
USSR to describe Nazi ideas and beliefs. Fascism originated in Italy (Germany's
ally) with the Fascist party of Mussolini. However, the term was used to describe
the beliefs of both Hitler and Mussolini. There were many aspects to Fascism.
Probably the two most important were its belief that some human races were
superior to others. The other element of Fascism was hatred of Communism.
Hitler's greatest ambition had always been to destroy the USSR.