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- Object Name: poster
- Accession Number: 1996.291.33
- Date: 1939=1945
- Description: selection of posters from wartime Haddington for help in the case of an emergency ie rest centres, clean water stations and spitfire fund. "Back them Up" poster shows a depiction of an air battle against a blue and yellow sky. In the foreground, a British Supermarine Spitfire fighter aircraft shoots down a German Heinkel He-111 bomber aircraft. Smoke billows from the German aircraft. In the background, three more German planes, one on fire, are pursued by five more British aircraft.
Throughout the years of World War II, Britain held a National War Weapons Week, with an emphasis on collecting money to help supply the forces with munitions. The National Spitfire Fund was an offshoot of this. Posters such as the one pictured here, were displayed to inspire the patriotism and generosity of people at the 'Home Front'.
This brightly coloured poster illustrates a dramatic battle scene between some British Spitfire aeroplanes and some German fighter planes. As this was a British poster, the Spitfires are naturally pictured winning the 'dogfight' in the sky. Large blue text beneath the picture simply states, 'BACK THEM UP!'.
Posters such as these publicised campaigns that helped foster public morale and gave the community a focused way to contribute to the war campaign.
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