2014 is the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. – a war in which nearly 200,000 men and 10,000 women served for New Zealand both overseas and at home and nearly one in every 150 New Zealanders lost their lives. It was a big effort for such a small country, that like of which has never been seen before or since.
World War II was a war that engulfed the globe, with fighting seen in many countries and parts of the would. The conflict was fought on land, in the air and across the oceans. 50 million people lost their lives, millions more were effected by losing loved ones and with many more becoming displaced and homeless as the fighting raged across their towns, cities and countries.
The 2014 Anzac stamps depict six war effort WWII posters produced during the war. Between 1939 and 1945 New Zealand produced hundreds of thousands of posters, window stickers and cards in support of its involvement in World War II. The purpose of these posters was to raise funds, recruit New Zealanders and give advice and information about the war. They helped to create a war-like atmosphere at home and keep people focused on the war effort.