Humanities › Issues Canadian World War II Posters Gallery Share Flipboard Email Print Issues Canadian Government The U. S. Government U.S. Foreign Policy U.S. Liberal Politics U.S. Conservative Politics Women's Issues Civil Liberties The Middle East Terrorism Race Relations Immigration Crime & Punishment Animal Rights View More By Susan Munroe Canadian Culture Expert B.A., Political Science, Carleton University Susan Munroe is a public affairs and communications professional based in Canada. our editorial process Susan Munroe Updated November 04, 2019 War posters were a key part of the Canadian government campaign to stimulate support for World War II amongst Canadians. Canadian war posters were also used to recruit, to encourage wartime productivity and to raise money through Victory Bonds and other savings programs. Some World War II posters were also produced by private companies to encourage production. Produced first by the Bureau of Public Information and later in World War II by the Wartime Information Board (WIB), Canadian war posters were fairly cheap to produce, could be created quickly and got wide, sustained exposure. 01 of 24 The Torch - Be Yours to Hold it High! Library and Archives Canada C-087137 Canadian war posters in World War II were colorful, dramatic, and immediate. They were displayed in a variety of sizes just about anywhere you could imagine; on billboards, buses, in theatres, in the workplace and even on matchbox covers. These simple advertising vehicles give a quick glimpse of wartime life in Canada during World War II. This Canadian World War II poster uses the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae and the Vimy Memorial in France to evoke memories of Canadian sacrifices in war. 02 of 24 It's Our War Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-215 This Canadian World War II poster showing a strong arm holding a mallet was created by Flight Lieutenant Eric Aldwinckle. The arm and hammer depict strength and resilience in times of war. 03 of 24 Lick Them Over There Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-236 This Canadian World War II recruiting poster was used to encourage Canadians to enlist and fight overseas. Showing a towering Canadian soldier, it demonstrates with its moving energy towards Europe the urgent need for enlistment volunteers. 04 of 24 To Victory Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-243 In this Canadian World War II poster, the British lion and the Canadian beaver are armed with swords as they march together to victory. This demonstrates a united Allied front. Though Canada was not subject to direct invasion attempts by Nazi Germany, the British were frequently and decisively the subject of attack. 05 of 24 Attack on All Fronts Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1987-72-105 The Hubert Rogers Collection This Canadian World War II poster shows a soldier with a machine gun, a worker with a rivet gun, and a woman with a hoe to encourage workers on the home front. 06 of 24 Allons-y Canadiens Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-245 The French version of this Canadian World War II poster urges French Canadians to enlist using the images of soldiers and flags. This was an especially powerful message after the invasion of France. 07 of 24 Pour Vaincre Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-254 This French Canadian World War II poster evokes the sinking of a German U-boat by the Canadian corvette HMCS Oakville in the Caribbean in 1942. 08 of 24 Get Ready to Beat Hitler Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-122 This Canadian World War II poster uses the image of a stoplight changing to green to encourage men to enlist. 09 of 24 Canada's New Army Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-303 Soldiers on motorcycles are superimposed on a crusader on a horse to illustrate Canada's new army in this Canadian World War II recruiting poster. 10 of 24 Come on Pal Enlist Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1977-64-11 This is a good example of a Canadian recruitment poster from World War II. Depicting a friendly army officer, this poster was likely intended to lessen the fear associated with war. 11 of 24 Save Coal Library and Archives Canada C-087524 This World War II poster urging Canadians to save coal was part of the Canadian government's campaign to encourage the public to be frugal. 12 of 24 Get Your Teeth Into the Job Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-59 This Canadian World War II poster uses a cartoon of a beaver chewing down a tree with Hitler clinging at the top to encourage the Canadian war effort. The Beaver is the Canadian national animal. 13 of 24 Dig In and Dig Out the Scrap Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-62 This Canadian World War II poster encourages scrap recycling to help the Canadian war effort. 14 of 24 This Is Our Strength - Electric Power Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-103 The image of a strong hand grasping a waterfall is used on this Canadian World War II poster to promote the strength of electric power in the war effort. 15 of 24 Only You Can Give Them Wings Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-106 A line of war pilots is used to dramatize the call for war production from Canadians in this Canadian World War II poster. 16 of 24 This Is Our Strength - Labour and Management Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-219 The hands of a worker and businessman holding a factory are used to promote the strength of labor and management in the war effort and peace. 17 of 24 On demande de la ferraille Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-36 The image of a tank is used to demonstrate the need for scrap iron for the Canadian war effort in this Canadian World War II poster. 18 of 24 Notre réponse - Production Maximum Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-20 This Canadian World War II poster urges maximum industrial production for the war effort. Part of the war effort was making sure the Allied armies had resources to withstand the brutal conditions on the front line. 19 of 24 La vie de ces hommes Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-40 This French Canadian World War II Poster says "the life of these men depends on your work" in an emotional appeal to the Canadian workforce. 20 of 24 Careless Talk Brings Tragedy in Wartime Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-128 A warning to Canadians to be careful about passing along information in wartime, this poster shows the beginnings of the atmosphere of fear that would define the Cold War. 21 of 24 She Sails at Midnight Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-158 Again reflecting a sense of secrecy, the "She Sails at Midnight" Canadian World War II poster is a reminder that information in the wrong hands in wartime can cost lives. 22 of 24 For Your Future Good Fortune Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-573 This Canadian World War II poster used the image of four women in uniform looking into a crystal ball to sell Victory Bonds. Victory Bonds were incrementally priced bonds that were designed to be paid back to the purchaser at a greater price when the war was won. 23 of 24 Save to Beat the Devil Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-1220 A cartoon image of Hitler as the Devil is used on this Canadian World War II poster to sell Victory Bonds. 24 of 24 You've Got a Date With a Bond Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-30-1221 This Canadian World War II poster used the image of an attractive blonde to sell Victory Bonds.