Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Mobilizing For War:
Poster Art of World War II


The war created an insatiable demand in the armed forces for new recruits. In the immediate aftermath of Pearl Harbor volunteers flooded into recruiting stations, eager to serve their country.

But building a fighting force over ten million strong required more aggressive recruiting efforts in addition to an expanded draft law covering men ages 20 to 44. The branches of the military services competed with each other in creating posters to lure young men and women to enlist and serve their country.

The Navy and Marines were particularly attractive to new recruits, but the most glamorous tended to be the Army Air Forces.