War Posters and Photographs


A woman praying at the Independence Square in Kyiv after hearing the air strike sirens

A father bids farewell to his wife and child fleeing Lviv, Photographed by Narciso Contreras

Afghanistan War, 2021

A man flees the Ukrainian city of Irpin carrying a child amid heavy Russian attack, 2022

The Quetta Platoon, Women's Auxiliary Corps (India), in civilian dress, 1942

A Syrian girl rides her bicycle in an almost deserted street in the Teshrin neighborhood of the Qabun area in Damascus

A Syrian Kurdish boy sits on a destroyed tank in the Syrian town of Kobane on March 27, 2015. ISIS fighters were driven out of Kobane on January 26 by Kurdish and allied forces

Members of the Women's Auxiliary Corps (India) in service dress, 1943

Bangladesh Liberation War, 1971, by Marc Riboud

This 1967 snap of a protester confronting US soldiers with a flower captured the movement against the Vietnam war. Photograph by Marc Riboud

American Marines with their pet dog in Hue, Vietnam, 1968

The passenger liner RMS Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat in May 1915. The ship may have been carrying military supplies, but over 1000 passengers lost their lives in the incident, which became one of the most controversial acts of the war. This poster uses the incident to try and encourage Irish men to enlist, and avenge the sinking of the ship

This poster clearly demonstrates the application of commercial advertising techniques to the recruitment campaign and is appealing to Britain’s female population to encourage more men to join the army, whilst depicting women and children as needing protection. However, The First World War substantially increased the numbers of women in paid work and the range of jobs that they undertook

Field Marshal Lord Kitchener, appealing for people to join the British Army. It was first produced in 1914, during WWI

This Indian recruitment poster was produced with a blank strip at the bottom, so that each region could add text in their own language. This made the poster very flexible, as it could be adapted to meet the needs of the area it was going to

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