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This leaflet is regarded by some as one of the most effective and successful of the Second World War. In the form of a maple leaf, it was dropped by the Germans over the French in late 1939. In poetic language it says in translation, "Autumn. The leaves fall. We fall like them. The leaves fall because God wills it, but we fall because the English will it. In the coming spring, no-one will remember the dead leaves any more than the dead soldiers. Life will pass on over our graves". (This leaflet is for sale - please contact www.war-images.com)
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Postage stamps can be weapons of war. Sefton Delmer, the British master of "black" propaganda in WWII, decided to destabilise Himmler by putting it about that he had ambitions to take over from Hitler. One of the ways he did this was to produce "postage stamps" with Himmler's head instead of Hitler's. They were affixed to letters addressed to prominent journalists in neutral countries in the expectation that they would be noticed. The resulting reports would then be read in Germany and Himmlers "pretentions" would be revealed with, hopefully, dire consequences for him. In the event, the stamps were not initially noticed and the British propagandists had to persist and distribute the stamps in many different ways to generate a response. Eventually reports about the stamp appeared all over the world but Himmler laughed it off! His standing in Germany was not threatened.
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This leaflet is full of symbolism. It was dropped by the Australians over occupied Papua and New Guinea towards the end of the Japanese occupation. The natives called the Japanese "pukpuk man" (crocodile man) because of the way he displayed the habits of the reptile by voraciously plundering the natives' villages for provisions and would be amused by the illustration. Japanese soldiers also attracted the nickname "rubbishman" because of their unhygenic personal habits. The fact that the crocodile is wounded suggested that the Japanese were losing the war and would soon be ejected from the country.
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US/British Anti-Nazi Swastika sticker disseminated in recently liberated Austria. The Nazi Swastika has been over-painted with the Austrian flag.

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