Banditi e Ribelli, Ecco la Vostra Fine! [Bandits and Rebels, Here Is Your End!]
(n. p.): (n. d.), circa June 1944. 22 x 16 cm. Double-sided flyer, with violent graphic of an iron fist smashing four armed and badly clothed rebels on one side, text on the other. Light toning, tiny circle of loss to right border, not affecting text on verso. Very Good.
Small flyer version of a famous propaganda poster that was distributed by the Italian Social Republic in its fight against "banditry" -- i.e., sabotage, theft, black market dealings, partisan activity, and other actions constituting resistence to the puppet regime. The text on the verso reads: "Why did you let May 25 pass? It was the last day for which you could return to yourself without fear of sanctions. Now you can no longer hope for forgiveness. Force will be set upon force. The iron fighter will lock his fist. All those rebels who continue the struggle against the Homeland will only expect: Death!" As the illustration suggests, this also includes burning homes, destroying families etc.
The Salò Republic (Italian Socialist Republic) was a puppet state created during the German occupation of Italy in WWII, and lasted from September 1943 to May 1945. Facing ongoing resistance, the republic issued an ultimatum in the spring of 1944 to the effect that if rebels presented themselves to the fascist military commands, they would be acquitted of all charges of "banditry". Following that date, a major push was made by German forces to round up partisans and rebel factions.
The poster is represented on some of the various Italian websites documenting the War and the Resistance. Not located in Trota and Sulla, La Propaganda Nella Repubblica Sociale Italiana.