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Click to enlargeHark ... the Herald Angels singimage ref:
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This leaflet was shelled by the Germans over Allied troops on the borders of Germany just before Christmas in 1944. The text reads "Well soldier here you are in No-Mans Land, just before Christmas far away from home and your loved ones ... don't you feel them worrying about you ... hoping you'll come home again ... what if you don't come back --- what of those dear ones? Well soldier, Peace on Earth good will towards men ... MERRY CHRISTMAS".
Click to enlargeOh Christmas tree, oh Christmas treeimage ref:
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Amongst the leaflets dropped over German soldiers on the Eastern Front were a few in postcard format. The text of this one, in translation, reads, "On Christmas eve the whole family gathers round the decorated Christmas tree. But the soldier is missing... A thousand kilometres from his home he lies dead under a snow bedecked Russian fir tree". It then goes on to denounce Hitler for sending millions of German soldiers to their deaths and urges the soldier reader of the postcard to put a stop to Hitler and his pointless war.
Click to enlargeYou shouldn't see this picture!image ref:
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In November 1944 Germany's propagandists were still churning out leaflets for shelling and rocketing over Allied lines. The text of this leaflet says" Forget those children who are waiting in vain for their fathers to come home, those innocents who will never look into their father's face. Those poor ones who even at Christmas, living in ruins, will hear the crashing of bombs". Then it goes on to reveal the exact purpose of such leaflets -"Forget them! Don't think of them, it breaks the morale of a soldier." In fact, this is one of the few propaganda themes that had the capacity to dent the morale of Allied soldiers, especially those had loved ones back home in Britain.
Click to enlargeHimmler's Christmas present for the German peopleimage ref:
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As the US First Army battled from the Normandy beaches across Europe and into Germany it supported its campaign with aerial leaflets. At Christmas 1944 it dropped this leaflet over its German opponents. It depicts Himmlers gifts to the German people - 130,000 soldiers dead, wounded or captured, 1,000 tanks destroyed .... The leaflet's reverse describes in detail Germany's appalling prospects in the West and in the East and suggest only one way out for the landser: surrender and a POW camp.
Click to enlargeCan't he be original?image ref:
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The Japanese dropped leaflets over US troops at Guadalcanal including a series of Christmas cards with pretty girls drawn in the style of Alberto Vargas. Such picture pin-ups, known as the "Varga girls", were well known in America and American servicemen liked to adorn their aeroplanes and ships with them. The inside of this leaflet reads as if it is a letter to a GI from his girl back in America. After telling him how much she is missing him - "I can't think of Chistmas without you... Christmas alone in an apartment ... The very idea makes me shudder" - it talks about the futile war and "a cause which can't even affect our lives".
Click to enlargeA surprise for Hitlerimage ref:
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A particularly effective way to ensure a message was read was to incorporate it into a free gift. Towards the end of 1941 the British confectionery company, Pascall, produced packs of sweets with amusing text in Dutch on the outer wrapper. Adapting the St. Nicolaas story, well known to the children of Holland, the good Dutch people were to have the sweets (depicted on one side of the packet) whilst Hitler and Mussolini would be beaten by Black Piet and put in a sack to be taken to Spain, the fate of all very naughty children. The packs were delivered by “the masters of the sky”, the RAF, on behalf of St. Nicolaas.

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