WW II 'They've Got More Important Places to Go Than You' Poster

WW II 'They've Got More Important Places to Go Than You' Poster

Download Free from
MilitaryMashUp.com

This very interesting poster of a jeep full of soldiers was designed by Walter Richards and was issued by the Office for Emergency Management, Division of Information in 1942. The message "Save Rubber Check Your Tires Now" reflected the critical shortage of natural rubber for tires and other uses that developed since the Japanese controlled former sources of rubber in Southeast Asia and the East Indies.

The poster was inspired by photos such as this one showing testing of a Bantam jeep.

The poster was widely distributed, especially to service stations and other locations where civilian tires might be on people's minds.

Billy Evans turns in some old rubber to the Atlantic filling station of L.E. Wadman, 1603 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, DE, 15 June 1942. The location is a car dealership in 2011. Image courtesy of the Delaware Public Archives
Billy Evans turns in some old rubber to the Atlantic filling station of L.E. Wadman, 1603 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, DE, 15 June 1942. The location is a car dealership in 2011. Image courtesy of the Delaware Public Archives.

Today in WW II: 7 Oct 1940 First German troops, leading to an eventual one-half million, enter Romania [7-8 Oct].  More 
7 Oct 1942 Japanese quietly abandon some of their positions in the Aleutian Islands, on Attu and Agattu.
7 Oct 1944 Using stolen explosives, Sonderkommando inmates at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp stage a revolt, blowing up a crematorium and killing SS guards.
Visit the Olive-Drab.com World War II Timeline for day-by-day events 1939-1945! See also WW2 Books.


Popular Pages

More Info

Military Theme
T-Shirts & Stuff
Visit Olive-Drab.com's sister site for
over 10,000 free military vehicle photos!