Boxing in the Desert, TASS No. 704, 15 April 1943

Place Asia: Russia
Accession Number ARTV09262
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 155 x 117 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description stencil, ink on paper
Maker Kukryniksy
Telegraphic Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS)
Telegraphic Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS)
Place made Russia: Moscow
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright


A Russian propaganda poster produced under the TASS news agency, this depicts a caricature of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in a boxing match, getting beaten by a much larger and stronger opponent. The poster refers to Rommel's retreat through North Africa after being defeated by the British forces in April 1943. The text underneath the image was written by TASS poet Samuil Marshak, and translates as: 'In Egypt General Rommel / Met an English boxer. / The dashing German general / Fled from there to Libya. / In sandy Libya and in Tripoli / He was again given a fair thrashing. / From that beating he lost his nerve / and set off for Tunisia. / How he fairs against Montgomery / Will be reported tomorrow!'

The translation was provided by the Art Institute of Chicago, which held an exhibition of TASS posters from July 31 to October 23 2011. The exhibition's catalogue, "Windows on the War" (edited by Peter Zork Zegers and Douglas Druik), includes a large amount of information about the TASS posters, the artists and writers as well as methods of printing and distributing.