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I visited Russia in 1999, and noticed frequent monuments to the Great Patriotic War (WW2). They are often small and can be found anywhere. Almost all of them with any reference to the invading fascists or the defense against them used the same general, black sans "chisel-face" that reminds me of a heavy Neutraface (especially the "4"). I wish I had taken more pictures of them, but that was still in the days of film. The style would seem to invoke a sense of strength and heavy armor.
Here's one I did take, at St. Isaac's Cathederal in Peterburg. The caption is "This is evidence of one of the 148478 shells fired by the fascists on Leningrad in 1941-44":
I found a few more images on the web. Here are a couple from the war monument at Murmansk. The caption is roughly "To the defenders of the Soviet polar region". If you look closely, you can see that the word "Soviet" (СОВЕСТКОГО) in the middle appears to have been modified-in to replace some other word, probably erasing Stalin or something:
Here's another Murmansk monument. The caption is hard to make out but something like "In memory of the fighters and builders of Murmansk [something]" and of course the usual "1941-45":
I found a picture of a Polish monument also, differs somewhat but conveys the same general sense perhaps. I'm not sure what the symbol on the top is:
Here is one from Treptower Park, Berlin. The caption is "Patriotic War":
... but compare to the Berlin "polynational" monument, I believe at the same park, apparently for more "external" consumption. The English and Russian captions read the same:
The use of memorials and seemingly-related "cult of the Soviet war dead" is discussed a bit in Geographical Review:
I'm neither designer, advertiser, nor professional propagandist, but I see a pattern here. Any additional insights anyone may wish to share would be appreciated.