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"Convoy of British merchant ships" by Blake, Post-1941. Gouache on board.

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Convoy of British merchant ships

"Convoy of British merchant ships" by Blake, Post-1941

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A war effort poster depicting a convoy of British merchant ships sailing into Murmansk, escorted by Soviet fighter planes. The poster was aimed at factory workers who enthusiastically embraced the idea of producing ‘Arms for Russia'. Entire blocks of production output were dedicated to the Soviet war effort. The government produced pro-Russian propaganda in an attempt to ‘steal the thunder of the left' and to ensure that ‘Russia' was supported rather than ‘The Soviet Union'. Support therefore was for a nation rather than communism as a political system. Interestingly, ‘Russia' is used here rather than the USSR or the Soviet Union.