By Leonard Kreskin

The old Soviet Union was thrust into the Great Patriotic War on June 22, 1941 when the Fascist regime of Hitler invaded our Motherland without provocation. Hurriedly, our forces mobilized to counter the enemy advance.
It became necessary to raise the spirits of our countrymen, so talented artists were called upon to create patriotic war posters.
Here is a collection of war posters which can be seen in many of our war museums in Moscow. Many of them are currently reproduced and sold to tourists although they are not popular with our younger generation, who care very little about old Soviet history. The older generation also could care less because the Communists failed miserably to keep the country unified. After our country disintegrated, there was much discontent. Nowadays, very few people, old or young, care to remember about the events of the Great Patriotic War. It is a tragic shame.

"Let us glorify our battle banners with new victories!"
The inscription on the sailor's hat says "Sea Fleet." Both are firing the standard Soviet machine gun, which we call "Papasha".

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