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Guide to the World War II Propaganda Leaflets, 1940-1945

Summary

The collection includes both pro-Allied and anti-Axis propaganda leaflets that were dropped over Germany, occupied France, and the Pacific from 1940 and 1945, with the aim of damaging enemy morale and sustaining the morale of the occupied countries. The majority of the leaflets are in German and were dropped by the Political Warfare Executive (PWE) over Germany. The collection also contains propaganda leaflets from the Psychological Warfare Branch, U.S. Army Forces, Pacific Area, APO 500, most of which are in Japanese (most with English translations), some of them in Tok Pisin. There are also leaflets from the French exile government dropped over occupied France (in French, most accompanied by English translations); some propaganda newsletters, magazines and newspapers from France and the Netherlands (in English translation); German propaganda in English intended for dropping over Great Britain; some examples of Japanese propaganda (in Japanese); and a few single leaflets in Finnish, Russian, and Burmese.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.01418
Title
World War II propaganda leaflets
Date
1940-1945
Creator
Great Britain. Army
Extent
0.6 Linear Feet, 400 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English, German, Japanese, French, Tok Pisin, Russian, Finnish, Burmese

Collection Overview

The collection includes both pro-Allied and anti-Axis propaganda leaflets that were dropped over Germany, occupied France, and the Pacific from 1940 and 1945, with the aim of damaging enemy morale and sustaining the morale of the occupied countries. The majority of the leaflets are in German and were dropped by the Political Warfare Executive (PWE) over Germany. The collection also contains propaganda leaflets from the Psychological Warfare Branch, U.S. Army Forces, Pacific Area, APO 500, most of which are in Japanese (most with English translations), some of them in Tok Pisin. There are also leaflets from the French exile government dropped over occupied France (in French, most accompanied by English translations); some propaganda newsletters, magazines and newspapers from France and the Netherlands (in English translation); German propaganda in English intended for dropping over Great Britain; some examples of Japanese propaganda (in Japanese); and a few single leaflets in Finnish, Russian, and Burmese.

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Contents of the Collection

Propaganda leaflets by Allies for Europe (in German), 1940-1945
(6 folders)

Includes propaganda leaflets in German dropped by British intelligence "Political Warfare Executive" (PWE) over Germany (many with accompanying English translations). Includes an issue of the "Sternenbanner" from Jan. 25, 1944 (in Folder 1).

Box 1
Propaganda leaflets for the Pacific Area (in Japanese, Tok Pisin; with English translations), 1941-1945
(3 folders)

Includes mainly propaganda leaflets in Japanese dropped by the Psychological Warfare Branch, U.S. Army Forces, Pacific Area, APO 500 over the Pacific area (with English translations) as well as some leaflets in Tok Pisi (Folder 1) and some examples of Japanese propaganda (Folder 1).

Box 1
Propaganda leaflets by the French Exile Government for Occupied France (in French; with English translations), 1940-1945

Includes propaganda leaflets in French dropped by the French exile government over French occupied territory (some with English translations), some aimed at the French population, some at the German soldiers.

Box 1
Propaganda leaflets by Germany (in English), undated
(2 folders)

Includes propaganda leaflets in English, mainly anti-American and anti-Bolshevist.

Box 1
Miscellaneous propaganda newsletters, magazines, and leaflets (in English and other languages), 1944-1945 and undated

Includes German (Frontpost), English (The Harbinger of Freedom, The Fellowship of Reconciliation, Army Talks), Dutch (The Flying Dutchman), and French (Voir) propaganda newletters and magazines, some in English translations; a Red Cross leaflet for the registration of prisoners of wars; as well as one Finnish, one Russian, and one Burmese leaflet.

Box 1
 

Historical Note

Biographical / Historical Note

During World War II, the Political Warfare Executive (PWE) was a British clandestine body created to produce and disseminate both pro-Allied and anti-Axis propaganda, with the aim of damaging enemy morale and sustaining the morale of the occupied countries.

The Psychological Warfare Division was a joint effort between the United States and Great Britain, and conducted similar operations during and following D-Day, 1944.


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Provenance

Purchase, 2007 (2008-0161), 0.1 lin. ft.

Gift, 2008 (2008-0316), 0.1 lin. ft.

Purchase, 2015 (2015-0161), 0.1 lin. ft.

Processing Information

Processed by Sandra Niethardt and Meghan Lyon, October 2015

Encoded by: Meghan Lyon, October 2015

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2008-0161, 2008-0316, 2015-0161.