Tank destroyer shoulder patch and logo

The 808th Tank Destroyer Battalion

invites you to enjoy this site while learning about WWII and tank destroyers

An assortment of US flags.
Don't Tread On Me
Colonial Era

US Army Flag - 1775
US Army Flag
Adopted in 1775

Betsy Ross flag
Betsy Ross Flag

13 Star Flag
13 Star -
First Official Flag

Civil Flag of Peacetime
Civil Flag of
Peacetime

34 Star - Civil War Era
34 Star
Civil War Era

Confederate Battle Flag
Confederate Battle Flag

50 Star Current US Flag
50 Star
Current US Flag

WWII Posters

Enjoy these posters that were used throughout WWII to keep the interest in the war effort up. I have tried to include a little something of interest with each one.

Uncle Sam

Uncle SamMost Americans believe Uncle Sam was "born" in the early 20th century because he became so visible on WWII posters. That is not the case though, Uncle Sam was born in the early 1800s!

There were many regional American male icons predating the War of 1812 but that war renewed American interest in unified solidarity and Uncle Sam was born.

A meat packer in New York, Sam Wilson, locally known as Uncle Sam provided meat to the army. On the sides of the barrels he stamped US. It was known that Uncle Sam was feeding the army, he had the contract and marked his barrels.
This easily explained origin of Uncle Sam seems to have ballooned into Uncle Sam as we still know him today.

By the Civil War Uncle Sam looked much like President Lincoln, aged with a beard.
The recruiting posters by James Montgomery Flagg in 1917 produced the Uncle Sam we know today. Although there continue to be numerous variations on the image of Uncle Sam, the Flag version can be considered the standard from which others deviate.

 

Posters and American War Time

During WWI posters were used as news channels, by WWII the radio had replaced posters as a news source.Victory Poster Now they are used to rally Americans to support the war effort.

The poster on the right was one of the many used to encourage Americans to support the war financially. 

Posters were placed all over, specially where you wouldn't hear or see other media encouraging participation in the war effort. You would see posters in schools, factories, offices, store windows and any place else there was a post or wall to hang them on. They expressed democracy, the reason our men were fighting the war.

The Smithsonian has a fantastic collection of WWII posters on their website.


Women Push the War Movement

The "We Can Do IT" poster encouraged women to get out there and do the jobs their husbands, now soldiers, used to do. There was an entire line of these posters and all of the imagery contained patriotic women dressed in overalls and a bandanna. In many of the posters you would see women in uniforms, with tools in their hands or a lunch pail indicative of factory work.
The feminine ideal was changed from frail and dainty to tough and able to do a days work to support the armed services and our county.

 


Tank Destroyer Poster

 

 

This was given to me by an 808er. I believe it is from a newspaper but I am not sure. If you know please let me know what it is from.

Notice the tank destroyer patch on the shoulder of the soldier? This poster or newspaper ad is a drive for money to support the tank destroyers!

Maybe is was designed as soon as it was learned that the TDs needed to be mechanized.

If you have any info I would certainly like to post it here.

Send me an email.

 

 

 




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