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. However, they did
fight German forces in North Africa and Italy.
Another key element of the campaign was the bombing of
German towns, cities and industries. Historians now know this had a devastating
impact on Germany's war economy. It also drew away German aircraft and equipment
which would have been used to fight the USSR.
As well as being a port, Stettin was also the site of
a major chemical works which produced artificial fuel oil from coal.