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"Australian and British soldiers" by Carl Giles, Post 1944, Gouache on board.

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Australian and British soldiers

"Australian and British soldiers" by Carl Giles, Post-1944

Catalogue ref: INF 3/1351Links to the Catalogue


A different version of INF 3/1348, definitely a later development, the image depicts the Australian and British soldiers tackling a racially-stereotyped, buck-teeth and ape-like, Japanese soldier from their respective sides of the globe and is drawn with far greater detail.

The Japanese soldier has become a far more of a sub-human caricature in this piece though is depicted as being larger and slightly more ferocious. Note the British soldier smoking a ‘fag' as he deals with the ‘Jap', the implication being that defeating the Japanese would be easy.

These pieces of propaganda were targeted at Australia in an attempt to convince them that the Mother country (Britain) was with them all the way to final victory. The message was that Britain had not abandoned them, contrary to the belief of many Australians in the early part of the pacific war when Japanese planes were bombing Darwin and the British were busy fighting Hitler (And using Australian troops to do it!)

Australia had to rely increasingly on the United States for protection from Japan as Britain was overstretched and simply did not have the resources to fight in Europe, The Mediterranean, The Middle East and to protect it's other far flung colonies and dependencies.