This poster is one of thousands produced by the British government's
Ministry of Information in the Second World War. It is designed to be reproduced
in other posters or publications. This probably explains why it is relatively
simple and uses clear black and white images.
The largest campaign of the Second World War was the
conflict between the USSR and German forces. It was the decisive campaign
of the war.
British Empire and US forces were not in a position to
attack the strongly defended French coast until June 1944, so they could not
mount an attack to help the Red Army.
One way they did help was by sending war supplies to
the USSR. Most of the supplies went on the Arctic convoys around the north
of Norway. This was only possible at certain times of year because the sea
froze. It was extremely dangerous because of enemy actions and because of
the terrible weather conditions.
These and other convoy routes (from the USA) provided
the USSR with over 500,000 motor vehicles and 1,900 locomotives, as well as
half of its copper and rubber tyres.