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Guide to the World War II Propaganda Leaflets, 1941-1945

Abstract

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 collection includes leaflets dropped by British intelligence over Germany, along with examples of German and Japanese propaganda. Also included are leaflets in Japanese with English translations, from the Psychological Warfare Branch, U.S. Army Forces, Pacific Area, APO 500, and propaganda newspapers from France and the Netherlands, 1944, with English translations.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Great Britain. Army.
Title
World War II Propaganda Leaflets 1941-1945
Language of Materials
English, German, Japanese, French
Extent
400 items, 0.6 linear feet
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The collection includes leaflets dropped by British intelligence over Germany, along with examples of German and Japanese propaganda. Also included are leaflets in Japanese with English translations, from the Psychological Warfare Branch, U.S. Army Forces, Pacific Area, APO 500, and propaganda newspapers from France and the Netherlands, 1944, with English translations.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Political Warfare Executive (PWE) leaflets, 1941-1945

Includes leaflets dropped by British intelligence over Germany, along with examples of German and Japanese propaganda. The following types of leaflets are included:

  • German materials in English
  • British materials in German
  • British or American materials in Japanese
  • British materials in French

Acquired as a purchase in 2008. For a more detailed list of the pamphlets and leaflets included in this purchase, please see the collection control file.

Folder 1-4
Psychological Warfare Branch leaflets, 1941-1945

Includes propaganda leaflets in Japanese with corresponding English translations.

Folder 5-6
Miscellaneous newsletters and leaflets, 1941-1945

Includes propaganda leaflets and newsletters in German, French, and Russian.

Folder 7-9

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.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the World War II Propaganda Leaflets, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

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

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

Processing Information

Collection is unprocessed; cataloged from accession records.

Encoded by: Meghan Lyon

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

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.