Give him the arms to smash the Japs

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number ARTV00156
Collection type Art
Measurement Sheet: 101.6 x 63.4 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description silkscreen print on paper
Maker Unknown
General Motors Holden
SEF Silkscreen
Place made Australia
Date made 1942-1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Australian propaganda posters during the Second World War (WWII) were used to instil anti-Japanese attitudes. Using racial stereotypes and derogatory humour the posters harboured fear and caution amongst Australian society. In the centre of the poster an Australian soldier is depicted enforcing blows with his fist to the chin of a Japanese soldier. The Australian soldier has far greater strength and power next to the inferior Japanese soldier. He is depicted as strong and handsome, with a broad chest and large fists, this is juxtaposed against the Japanese soldier who is weakened by his small frame and long skinny hands. Japanese soldiers were caricatured to look weak, foolish and unintelligent by emphasising stereotypes of glasses and buck teeth. These features were commonly used in Australian propaganda posters during WWII.

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