The Deserter Thinks: “I’ll show them my heels! Even if they find me, I’ll hide away somehow. I’m sick of this war stuff!” The White General: “Stop! Where are you going? Don’t want to fight? March against the reds, you’ll do some fighting for me, I’ll make use of rogues like you!”

Poster Number: PP 1002
Category: Civil War
Poster Notes: The language of the deserter mimics colloquial peasant speech while the White General's words imply that a Red Army deserter will be pressed by the Whites into fighting against the Reds.
Media Size: 27x19.5
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: 1919
Sources & Citation: Soviet Posters of the era of the Civil War 1918-1921 by B.S. Butnik-Siverskii (1960), page 251, poster 1066
Catalog Notes: PP 1002 Civil War c
Artist: Deni (Denisov), Viktor Nikolaevich — Дени (Денисов), Виктор Николаевич
Although known for his characterizations and posters that he signed with the pseudonym 'Deni'; Viktor Nikolayevich Denisov never received formal artistic education. Around 1906, Deni began exhibiting at the annual exhibitions of the Society of Independents in Saint Petersburg, as well as at the Salon of Humorists. In 1910, he took private lessons in painting and drawing from the artist-portraitist Nikolai P. Ulianov and that same year, he became active in the field of political caricature, contributing ...
Printer: Headquarters of the Reserve Armies of the Republic — Штаба Запасной Армий Республики
Each Soviet republic had a military commissariats in charge of troops within its constituency. This typolithography was operated by the Commissariat of Army Reserves for the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic, (RSFSR).
Publisher: Political Department of the Reserve Army of the Republic and PUOKR, Volga Region — Политотдела запаснои армий республики и (ПУОКР) Приволжького
The Political Department of the Reserve Army of the Republic was a Red Army publisher based in the Volga Region. It distributed material for the Reserve Armies (of Russia) and for PUOKR (Politichestkoi Upravlenie Voyennogo Okruga), the Political Directorate of the Military District. Its headquarters was located in the city of Kazan.