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Photo, Print, Drawing The Great European War.

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  • The Great European War.


  • This print showing a Russian advance is from the collection of World War I lubok posters held at the British Library. The caption explains: "During the second invasion of the Kingdom of Poland by the Germans, fighting began near Łódź on November 3, and continued on November 11, 12, and 13. The army of General Hindenburg was surrounded by our glorious heroes from all sides. The Germans were trapped as if in a bag. Our attacks now, and as always, cause terrible damage to the Germans. Their losses numbered in the tens of thousands. In addition, we took about 30,000 German prisoners." This picture, like many others in the collection, was printed in the Moscow printing house of Ivan Sytin (1851--1934). By the 1880s, Sytin was the most popular and successful publisher of lubok pictures in Russia. He also published cheap popular books for workers and peasants, textbooks, and literature for children. The quality of this print is much better than many images from other printing houses--more colors and shades are neatly matched and more small details are available for the viewer. Lubok is a Russian word for popular prints created from woodcuts, engravings, etchings, or later, by using lithography. The prints were often characterized by simple, colorful graphics depicting a narrative, and could also include text. During World War I, lubok informed Russians about events on the frontlines, bolstered morale, and served as propaganda against enemy combatants.

Created / Published

  • Moscow : I. S. Fuki Publishing, [1914 to 1915]


  • -  Germany
  • -  Poland--Łódzkie--Łódź
  • -  Russian Federation
  • -  1914-11-11 to 1914-11-13
  • -  Battles
  • -  Germany. Army
  • -  Hindenburg, Paul von, 1847-1934
  • -  Lubok (Narrative art prints)
  • -  Russia. Army
  • -  Soldiers
  • -  War casualties
  • -  War posters
  • -  World War, 1914-1918


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource at: The British Library.
  • -  Content in Russian.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • World War I

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021669181

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • image

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IIIF Presentation Manifest

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Chicago citation style:

The Great European War. Łód Russian Federation Poland Germany Łódzkie, 1914. [Moscow: I. S. Fuki Publishing, to 1915] Photograph.

APA citation style:

(1914) The Great European War. Łód Russian Federation Poland Germany Łódzkie, 1914. [Moscow: I. S. Fuki Publishing, to 1915] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

The Great European War. [Moscow: I. S. Fuki Publishing, to 1915] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.