Les Raids de la Royal Air Force...

Poster
ca. 1942 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Though printed in French, this poster was produced in Great Britain for French distribution. By outlining the ever-increasing bombing successes of the British Royal Air Force, the poster seeks to reassure French citizens that an Allied victory was possible.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour lithograph
Brief Description
Second World War propaganda poster publicising RAF bombing success in Germany and occupied France. UK, ca. 1942.
Physical Description
Three blue bombs, increasing in size from left to right, printed with the dates '1940', '1941' and '1942' explaining how many kilos of bombs were dropped each year. 8 bullet points outline the RAF bombing successes. Black cityscape across lower margin, engulfed in red, yellow and black flames.
Dimensions
  • Height: 76cm
  • Width: 49.8cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • LES RAIDS DE LA ROYAL AIR/ FORCE ECRASENT L'INDUSTRIE ALLEMANDE (red on yellow)
  • 1940/ Bombes/ 225/ kilos
  • 1941/ Bombes/ 1,000/ kilos
  • 1942/ Bombes/ 4,000/ kilos
  • 24 Je' 43 FB (stamped upper left)
  • #1935 (handwritten in pencil on reverse, lower right)
  • printed in Great Britain (stamped in purple)
  • Civilian Morale Service (printed centre reverse)
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
Production
for distribution in France
Subjects depicted
Places Depicted
Summary
Though printed in French, this poster was produced in Great Britain for French distribution. By outlining the ever-increasing bombing successes of the British Royal Air Force, the poster seeks to reassure French citizens that an Allied victory was possible.
Other Number
LS.1882 - Leslie Schreyer Loan Number
Collection
Accession Number
E.727-2004

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record createdSeptember 27, 2004
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