Nazi Germany propaganda posters: During the war

The Volksturm was the Nazi attempt to call on the last reserves. Those too young or too old for regular military service were called into service. The caption translates as "For freedom and life."


"The enemy sees your light! Black out!" This in the later stages of the war as Allied aerial bombings increased.

"Mothers! Fight for your children!" It propagated the Nazi goal of encouraging as many births as possible.

Before World War II began, Germans were allowed to listen to foreign radio broadcasts. This was banned once the war began, and by the end of the war people were executed for listing to enemy radio stations. In this poster, probably a Marxist broadcasts from London, Moscow, and other enemy states, while a German listens in the darkness, trying to conceal his crime.

The German term Kinderlandverschickung translates as "sending children to the countryside." 1942-1943. Allied bombing of German cities had increased to the level that children in cities were being sent to the countryside for safety.


This poster was distributed in occupied Europe and satellite countries from 1942 onwards. It was part of the Nazi attempt to persuade occupied Europe that it was part of a common European crusade against Bolshevism.

"Adolf Hitler is victory!" It was withdrawn from circulation after the defeat at Stalingrad.

May 1942. The text translates as: "Work as hard for victory as we fight!"

This one praises the German U-Boats. It says,

13 Million Tons

That is the amount of British, or British controlled, shipping that the German navy and Luftwaffe have sunk during two years of this plutocratic war. These figures do not include shipping damaged by German mines, or other damage that cannot be proven.
During the World War, the German navy destroyed a total of 12,242,990 BRT of enemy shipping over four years.
This one is targeted at the workers in ammunition factories. "You are the front!"

This is an SS recruiting poster. It says one can join at 18, and sign up for shorter or longer periods of service. It gives the address of the recruiting office in Munich.

"The Jew: The inciter of war, the prolonger of war." This poster was released in late 1943 or early 1944.

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Points To Ponder


It is difficult to distinguish between the quality of both the German and Russian soldiers. Both were motivated by their love for their motherland. But there were others factors that drove the two sides to such desperate fighting.

One, both sides knew that this was a no-holds bar war. Not fighting was thus not an option.

Second, both Hitler and Stalin had squads that killed any deserter. Turning away from fighting was just not possible.

Thus was seen some of the most bitter, brutal and desperate fighting on the WW2 eastern (Russian) Front.
"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
-- George Santayana


"Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness."
--Otto von Bismarck

"When the enemy advances, withdraw; when he stops, harass; when he tires, strike; when he retreats, pursue.'
--Mao Zedong


"The main thing is to make history, not to write it."
--Otto von Bismarck

"When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite."
--Winston Churchill


"In time of war the loudest patriots are the greatest profiteers."
--August Bebel

"God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best."

Quotes about War....

"Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war."
---Otto von Bismarck


"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
--Hermann Goering


"To conquer the enemy without resorting to war is the most desirable. The highest form of generalship is to conquer the enemy by strategy."
--Tzu Sun

"All men are brothers, like the seas throughout the world; So why do winds and waves clash so fiercely everywhere?"
--Emperor Hirohito