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Poster - Warrior, don't retreat
  • Warrior, don't retreat
    Sokolov-Skalya, Pavel, born 1899 - died 1961
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Warrior, don't retreat

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    USSR (made)

  • Date:

    1942 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sokolov-Skalya, Pavel, born 1899 - died 1961 (artist)
    Schipachov, Stepan, born 1889 - died 1980 (poet)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 1B, box LS1

Tass Windows, published by the state news agency TASS, revived the Rosta Windows published by the Russian telegraph agency ROSTA during the Civil War. The decision to re-launch the Windows was taken by a meeting of the Union of Artists within two days of Hitler's invasion of Russia in 1941. Based on topical themes, Tass Windows were stencilled and then reproduced in up to 1000 copies in three or more colours. More than seventy artists were involved in their production over the course of the conflict, with up to twenty-four new Windows appearing per month at its height.

Physical description

Nazi soldier depicted as an emaciated animal. The beast covers the face of its prey, a dead woman.

Place of Origin

USSR (made)


1942 (made)


Sokolov-Skalya, Pavel, born 1899 - died 1961 (artist)
Schipachov, Stepan, born 1889 - died 1980 (poet)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

Cyrillic text
(from the Russian:)
Warrior, don't retreat!
When you depart,
All plunges into darkness,
And a terrible beast snarls,
In your tracks


Height: 30.2 cm, Width: 21.3 cm

Descriptive line

Second World War poster with verse by Stepan Schipakov. Tass Window (no 580). USSR, 1942


Ink; Paper


Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Wolf; War; Woman; Propaganda; Blood; Nazism; Death; Soldier


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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