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PLA - Men over Weapons

With hatred in one's heart, no bullet misses, 1965

With hatred in one's heart, no bullet misses, 1965

Relentlessy throw and beat fiercely, the enemy will open like flowers, 1965

Relentlessy throw and beat fiercely, the enemy will open like flowers, 1965

One of the policies that Lin Biao used in the late 1950s to ingratiate himself with Mao was the so-called 'Four Firsts' program that put men over weapons; political over other work; ideological over routine work; and 'practical thought' over book-learning. Lin's strategy very much coincided with Mao's newly discovered penchant for self-sacrifice and self-sufficiency, qualities that were called for after the disastrous Great Leap Forward campaign.

Charge courageously, the bayonet colors red, 1965

Charge courageously, the bayonet colors red, 1965

Brave and resourceful, be ever victorious, 1965

Brave and resourceful, be ever victorious, 1965

In order to prepare the troops for the new types of behavior that they were expected to display, this series was published in the summer of 1965. Note that a number of the posters actually refer to the final acts of a number of military martyrs, including Huang Jiguang and Dong Cunrui.

Wipe out the enemy, protect yourself, 1965

Wipe out the enemy, protect yourself, 1965

Be a fierce tiger on land, be a flood dragon on water, 1965

Be a fierce tiger on land, be a flood dragon on water, 1965


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