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United States. Office of War Information. Division of Public Inquiries. Americans will always fight for liberty

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09520.37 Author/Creator: United States. Office of War Information. Division of Public Inquiries. Place Written: s.l. Type: Poster Date: 1943 Pagination: 1 poster : col. ; 101.6 x 72 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09520.37 Author/Creator: United States. Office of War Information. Division of Public Inquiries. Place Written: s.l. Type: Poster Date: 1943 Pagination: 1 poster : col. ; 101.6 x 72 cm.

OWI No. 26. Government printing Office O-502684. By artist Bernard Perlin (1918- ). U.S. soldiers in helmets and coats march forward on snow, looking back in review at colonial militiamen with rifles, some in torn clothing or bloody bandages. A badge of the U.S. flag is displayed prominently on the shoulder of the soldier nearest the viewer.

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