Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge is a 1919 lithographic Soviet propaganda poster by artist El Lissitzky. In the poster, the intrusive red wedge symbolises the bolsheviks, who are penetrating and defeating their opponents, the White movement, during the Russian Civil War.

Modern use

A simplified version lacking the smaller details is used by the Peacekeepers in the television series Farscape.

A similar simplified version (rotated 1/4 turn clockwise) was appropriated by the German post-punk band Mekanik Destruktiw Komandoh (MDK) for their 1983 12" single Berlin, released on the sixth international label.

Franz Ferdinand used the image as inspiration for their single This Fire.

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