Our Siberian Detachment Captures German Positions


This print showing Russian soldiers charging up a hill is from the collection of World War I lubok posters held at the British Library. The caption explains: “On the left bank of the Vistula River, during the night of December 29 and the next day, the Germans attempted to attack separate areas of our forces, which they had also attempted to attack during the previous few days. However, all of these attempts were repelled by our valiant Siberian heroes who used not only rifle and artillery fire, but even more frequently, the bayonet, which the Germans cannot stand. They flee, leaving their positions, the artillery, other military supplies, and provisions.” This picture, like many others in the collection, was printed in the Moscow printing house of Ivan Sytin (1851–1934). By the 1880s, Sytin was the most popular and successful publisher of lubok pictures in Russia. He also published cheap popular books for workers and peasants, textbooks, and literature for children. The quality of this print is much better than many images from other printing houses—more colors and shades are neatly matched and more small details are available for the viewer. Lubok is a Russian word for popular prints created from woodcuts, engravings, etchings, or later, by using lithography. The prints were often characterized by simple, colorful graphics depicting a narrative, and could also include text. During World War I, lubok informed Russians about events on the frontlines, bolstered morale, and served as propaganda against enemy combatants.

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I. M. Mashistov Prinitng and Lithography Partnership, Moscow


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Взятие германских позиций нашим сибирским отрядом

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Last updated: July 23, 2015