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Description of the Soviet poster “We drink the water of our native Dnieper”


1943 - a turning point in the entire Great Patriotic War. In that year, finally succeeded in what the Soviet people could only dream about two years ago - the Red Army was able to recapture the lands of eastern Ukraine from the enemy. Kharkov, Zaporozhye and other large cities of the Ukrainian Left Bank got rid of Nazi rule.

One of the most difficult operations that year was forcing the main aquifer of the Ukrainian lands - the great Dnieper. The crown of this tactically difficult, but such an important move was the capture of Kiev, the ancient Ukrainian capital. Joy among the entire Soviet people was difficult to describe in words. The myth of the invincibility of German troops was finally dispelled.

Finally, there was a firm conviction that victory was not far off. Inspired by the successful operation, Red Army soldiers were still eager for battle. Such an event found a lively rest in the Soviet culture of wartime. Songs, poems, entire prose works began to devote to these events. Poster art of that time was also not left behind. One of the most famous campaign posters dedicated to the capture of Kiev and the forcing of the Dnieper was the work of Victor Ivanov entitled “We drink the water of our native Dnieper”, created in 1943.

The central image of the poster is a Soviet Red Army soldier drinking water from a helmet that he scooped up in the Dnieper. It would seem that in the image itself there are no remarkable elements, however, it all seems to exude the solemnity of the moment and the firm determination that the liberation of the Soviet lands will continue successfully.

To enhance the effect, a poster in a bright socialist-realistic style emphasizes the intentions of the Red Army liberators: “We drink the water of our native Dnieper, we will drink from Prut, Neman and Bug!”. This poster is a promise of the imminent liberation of the entire Soviet Union from Nazi forces.





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