The “Battle Stations! Keep ’em fighting!” poster was used during World War 2 to encourage those at home to keep working hard to supply the required weapons and equipment for the frontline.
The U.S. government went to great lengths to keep morale high at home, it was seen as vitally important to the war effort. Therefore, they invested in a series of posters to encourage those at home. You can see further examples of these posters in our home front poster collection.
The “Battle Stations! Keep ’em fighting!” poster was seen as a hollywood style poster. It was originally designed for the Fisher Body Division of the general motors corporation. It is clear that the poster is trying to make a link with the work the man is doing in the factory to the fighting on the frontline. In the foreground we see a man working on an engine, whereas in the background we see anti-aircraft fire and an army trumpeter. This would have been placed within a factory to keep morale and productivity levels high.
Other similar posters include the “Bowl them over, more production” poster and the “Get hot – keep moving – Don’t waste a precious minute” poster.