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This man is your Friend - He fights for Freedom

Date: 1942
Dimensions:
Overall: 485 x 345 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Poster
Object No: 00009077
Place Manufactured:United States

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    Description
    This American poster shows a smiling Australian serviceman wearing a slouch hat. It stresses the message of friendship between Australia and America, who developed a strong partnership during World War II. This poster was part of a series designed to educate the American public about their allies.
    SignificanceThis is a typical portrayal of an Australian soldier to the American home front and it captures the alliance between the two countries.
    HistoryIn 1942 the Office of Facts and Figures produced a series of posters encouraging awareness and support for America's Allies. "This man is your Friend" encapsulated the alliance between America and Australia.

    During World War II thousands of American troops came to Australia. After their arrival, many were housed in make-shift camps in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. In a show of hospitality, many Australian families shared their rationed food by inviting US servicemen into their homes for meals.

    On 19 February, 1942 the war came to Australia's doorstep. Darwin was bombed by the Japanese twice that day with the loss of 250 civilian lives and over 300 casualties. The US Navy, in port at the time, lost eight ships and another 15 were damaged.

    The following month General Douglas MacArthur arrived in Brisbane and set up his headquarters. Both the local public and national politicians welcomed this American presence in Australia.

    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Dieser Mann ist dein Freund - er kämpft für die Freiheit

    Assigned title: Deze man is uw vriend - Hij vecht voor de vrijheid

    Web title: This man is your Friend - He fights for Freedom

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