Don't Leave Spoil for the Enemy

Accession Number ARTV03268
Collection type Art
Measurement Sheet: 38.2 cm x 35.4 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description photolithograph
Maker Unknown
Camouflage Research Section, Department of Home Security
Johnston, Leslie Ferdinand (L F), Commonwealth Government Printer
Date made 1939-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Poster encouraging soldiers to be discrete when digging holes, so that they do not alert the enemy to their presence. This cartoon is designed to humourously convey messages about safety. Depicts a young shirtless soldier in the centre of a pile of dirt, digging a hole; he is carelessly flinging the dirt over his shoulder with his shovel. At the upper left of the poster, printed in brown ink, is the title of the poster series, 'APT EPITAPHS'. Beneath the image, from the centre of the poster, is his epitaph: 'Gunner Digby dug a pit, and put his heart and soul in it; But so much soil was left on view, The rest of him's now in it too.'

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