Two young sailors (the 'soldiers') help carrying loads of young rice plants, for the women to plant in the paddy. They are obviously showing off, overtaking the young peasants, and attract the attention of the women. The two younger women closest to them, have a whispered conversation and cast admiring glances... Romantic encounters between women and men are extremely rare in Chinese propaganda posters; another example is His laboring work is the best, from 1953.
Wu Min created the image, Lin Ximing the papercut frame.