Bud' na strazhe! [Be on Guard!], a poster by Dmitry Moor (Dmitry Orlov, 1892-1946, Meritorious Artist of the Soviet Union). GIZ for the Revolutionary Military Council of the Republic, Moscow, 1921, 107 x 71 cm.
The poster's text is based on the Military Council's Order no. 267, that was published in November 1921, and signed by Leon Trotsky. Red Army soldiers are ordered to maintain a high level of military preparedness - bands of Ukrainian Nationalists surreptitiously supported by Poland continue to operate on the territory of the Soviet Ukraine, and rhe signing of the Peace Treaty with Poland is far from assured.
A poster that is widely reproduced (often with an erroneous 1920 dating), but seldom comes to market. Its scarcity can be partly attributed to the caption representing a direct quote from Trotsky; quite a few of such posters were destroyed or mutilated through the Stalinist period.
Search extension words: Russian poster, Soviet poster.
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