Cambodge Vietnam Laos Victoire. Pham Van Don 1976

Art of War: Posters from the Vietnam Era

During the Vietnam War, governments and artists from all sides — the Vietnamese and their Communist allies, China and the Soviet Union, pro- and anti-war activists in the United States — used illustrated posters to galvanize support for war efforts or to call for peace. Decades after the war has ended, these visually arresting relics are regarded as not only works of art, but important historical records of a turbulent time.

War Vietnam-People firing with a mortar against the enemy SeM/UIG via Getty Images

THE VIET CONG: "PEOPLE AND ARMY FROM THE SOUTH WILL WIN BIG!"

Soviet propaganda poster from the 1960s or 70s. 'We're in solidarity with you, Vietnam!' Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images

SOVIET UNION: "WE'RE IN SOLIDARITY WITH YOU, VIETNAM!"

Viet Cong - Propaganda poster showing a mother and her child killing a US soldier. Printed in China - undated ullstein bild Dtl./ullstein bild via Getty Images

CHINA: "VIETNAM WILL WIN! THE UNITED STATES WILL DEFEAT!"

Vietnam War Protest Propaganda 1960'S Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images

"WAR IS GOOD BUSINESS, INVEST YOUR SON", 1967

Vietnam War Protest Poster, Nixon Swastika David Pollack/Corbis via Getty Images

"NIXON", BY STUDENTS AT THE RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN

Vietnam War Protest Poster, Is This The American Way? Gas Mask David Pollack/Corbis via Getty Images

"THE AMERICAN WAY", BY STUDENTS AT THE RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN

Cambodge Vietnam Laos Victoire. Pham Van Don 1976 Marka/UIG via Getty Images

"CAMBODIA, VIETNAM, LAOS, VICTORIE", 1976

American Imperialism Must Be Driven Out of Southern Vietnam! Chinese Anti-American Propaganda Poster David Pollack/Corbis via Getty Images

CHINA: "AMERICAN IMPERIALISTS, GET OUT OF VIETNAM!"

Chinese poster supporting Vietnamese Communists swim ink 2 llc/Corbis via Getty Images

"CHINESE PEOPLE ARE READY TO FIGHT ALONG THE VIETNAMESE!", 1969

Victory In Vietnam Stuart Lutz/Gado/Getty Images

AMERICAN PRO-WAR POSTER, "VICTORY IN VIETNAM", 1970

'Stop the murderers' A Soviet anti-American poster from the 1970s. Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images

SOVIET UNION: "STOP THE MURDERS!"

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