Italian Propaganda Poster Depicting Japanese Samurai Sinking Allied Ships

This poster was created by Italian fascist artist Gino Boccasile, who created propaganda artwork for Italy and later the Italian Socialist Republic.

The poster is commonly misunderstood to be either Japanese in origin, or to be commemorating the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The ships depicted in the poster are the HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse, however. Both were sunk by the Japanese navy on December 10, 1941 off the east coast of what is now Malaysia.

Italian Propaganda Poster Depicting Japanese Samurai Sinking of Allied Ships
Italian Propaganda Poster Depicting Japanese Samurai Sinking of Allied Ships