Collection RC0841 - World War, 1939-1945, Propaganda Collection: Air Dropped and Shelled Leaflets and Periodicals.

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World War, 1939-1945, Propaganda Collection: Air Dropped and Shelled Leaflets and Periodicals.

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  • 1939-1945 (Creation)

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72 cm of textual records

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Collection consists of over 1,000 air dropped and shelled leaflets and periodicals created and disseminated during the Second World War. The majority of items in this collection were printed by the Allies then air or container dropped, or fired by artillery shell over German occupied territory. Many leaflets and periodicals have original publication codes and were printed in over 10 languages. Only shelled leaflets, Germans to Allies (115 items), are in English.

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Most of the collection was acquired from Michel Brisebois in 2008 (accessions 20-2008, 25-2008 and 39-2008); a small part was acquired from Mr. Brisebois in 2007. Mr. Brisebois assembled the collection from various sources over a period of many years.


The collection has been arranged in the following four series:

  1. Air Dropped Leaflets:
    -Country or geographic arrangement: Belgium; Czechoslovakia; Denmark; Finland/USSR; France; Germany; Greece; Holland; Hungary; Italy; North Africa; Norway; Poland; Romania; Syria-Lebanon-Dakar; USSR-Germany; Vichy Occupation; Yugoslavia
    -Thematic arrangement: Black Propaganda; Dropped in Containers on France and Belgium; French-British-German Various; Phoney War

Also included, in relation to series 1, is:
Appendix A: List of air dropped leaflets by country and code

  1. Shelled Leaflets: Allies to Germany; Germany to Allies

  2. Air Dropped Periodicals; Belgium; Channel Islands; Denmark; France; Germany; Greece; Holland; Italy; Norway; USSR – Germany

  3. Shelled Periodicals: Feldpost

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