Vlasob’, During the war the Red Army personnel became a professional army. They learned how to defeat the enemy with a certain view of its strengths and weaknesses, as required by modern military science, 1943
Vlasob’ (Власобь), During the war the Red Army personnel became a professional army. They learned how to defeat the enemy with a certain view of its strengths and weaknesses, as required by modern military science (В ходе войны Красная Армиа стала кадровой армией. Она научилась бить врага наверняка с учетом его слабых и сильных сторон, как этого требует современная военная наука), 1943, (text in Russian and Azerbaijani)
The use of a disembodied Stalin figure in the sky is a continuation of themes from the previous year and of inspirational images of Lenin, leading the troops from the great beyond.
In this 1943 poster by Vlasob’, Stalin is solid to the waist, then vaporises above the troops. He is the calm and determined motionless centre around which a flurry of purposeful activity takes place – aircraft diving, unstoppable tanks and troops surging forward with ready weapons to trample the Nazi banner, which already lies crumples on the ground.
The text, in Russian and Azerbaijani, is from Stalin’s Order of the Day, No. 95, dated 23 February 1943 – the day of the Soviet victory in Stalingrad. It shows increasing confidence in ultimate victory:
‘During the war the Red Army personnel became a professional army. They learned how to defeat the enemy with a certain view of its strengths and weaknesses, as required by modern military science.’
In this order Stalin describes the reversal of fortunes in the war, but warns against complacency, quoting Lenin:
‘The first thing is not to be carried away by victory and not to get conceited; the second thing is to consolidate one’s victory; the third thing is to finish off the enemy.’
Stalin praises the Red Army for its battle victories, for defending peace and friendship, and for protecting construction.The order ends with the words:
Long live our great Motherland!
The poster was published in Baku, Azerbaijan in a comparatively small edition of 5000.
Dr Anita Pisch
Anita’s new, fully illustrated book, The personality cult of Stalin in Soviet posters, 1929 -1953, published by ANU Press, is available for free download here, and can also be purchased in hard copy from ANU Press.
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