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The Red Army is bringing liberation to the oppressed of the whole world

Poster Number: PP 471
Category: Civil War
Poster Notes: This poster uses both emblems of the Soviet Union. The hammer and plough inside the red star (signifying unity of peasants and workers) is at the lower right. This is the earliest emblem of the Soviets and was first used as a badge for the Red Army in 1918. It was officially approved on April 19, 1918. The hammer and sickle (seen on the flag) was used as early as 1917 as a symbol of the union between industry and the peasants. It was reportedly designed by the artist Evgenii Kamzolkin and was approved by Vladimir Lenin at the Fifth All-Russian Congress of Soviets in July 1918. The Soviets depicted it on the state seal of the Council of People's Commissars of the RSFSR thereafter. In August 1918, the hammer and sickle officially replaced the hammer and plough.
Media Size: 26x23
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: 1921
Technical Information on Poster: Publication of the Political Directorate of the Odessa Military Region Commissariat
Sources & Citation:

Siegelbaum, L. H., Suny, R. G. (1994). Making workers Soviet: Power, class, and identity. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Stites, R. (1991). Revolutionary dreams: Utopian vision and experimental life in the Russian Revolution. New York: Oxford University Press. (hammer and plough symbol)
Yanzuk, A. (1966) Zdravstvu, Moskva! Moskva: Moskovskii rabochii. (Evgenii Kamzolkin)

Catalog Notes: PP 471 Civil War
Artist: Artist Unknown — неизвестный художник
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Printer: Printer not indicated —
Publisher: Political Directorate of the Military Region [Ukraine] — Политуправление Военного округа [Украина]
The Military Region of Ukraine was formed during the Ukrainian-Soviet War that was fought from 1917 until 1921. The war was a conflict for the control of Ukraine and it was fought between Ukrainian nationalists and Polish-Ukrainian forces against pro-Bolshevik Ukrainians and Soviet-backed Russians. The Second Winter Campaign of 1921 (of the Russian Civil War) is generally recognized as the end of the Ukrainian-Soviet conflict. Historically, military regions came about during the Imperial Tsarist period to administer military ...
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