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 propaganda.
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 powerful ally.
The fact that Britain
and the USSR had disagreed over many issues in the past was quickly forgotten.
Both sides were opposed to Nazi Germany.
The caption in this
poster reads 'Greetings to the heroic warrior of the Soviet Union from British
allies fighting with him.'
Britain and the USSR
co-operated in many different ways. RAF pilots flew bombing missions over
Germany and landed and re-fuelled in Soviet airfields. They also trained
Soviet pilots to fly British aircraft.
Merchant seamen and
Royal Navy ships brought supplies to the USSR along the dangerous convoy
routes to the North of Norway.
commanding officers of both armies regularly met to discuss tactics and
ways in which they could work together.
However, it should
be remembered that the largest scale fighting of the Second World War took
place between the USSR and German forces. This conflict dwarfed all others.