I Surrender WWII propaganda leaflet
I Surrender WWII propaganda leaflet

I Surrender WWII propaganda leaflet

US Army [probably printed on Saipan: dropped and/or distributed on the Philippines, 1945]. Broadsheet, 11.5" x 8.5", printed in blue and red with manuscript in Japanese on verso; folds in 8 parts, worn and soiled, with a three-square-inch loss to one corner, with loss of text. A surrender leaflet that was air-dropped on Japanese forces as part of an extensive propaganda campaign. The recto states in English the holder of the leaflet is to receive safe, humane treatment and should be taken to the nearest officer. A number of variations on this leaflet were produced as the war in the Pacific went on, with separate issues being printed specifically for Luzon, Corregidor, and Leyte. This copy was not printed on the verso, where campaign specific language is usually found, and instead has 20 lines of text in manuscript that is not identical to any copies that we could access. It references Manila and Malabon and appears to be addressed to local civilians, rather than the Japanese military as was usual. The mentality of the Japanese Army made surrender difficult for many. The virtue of giving up to the enemy rather than being captured was difficult to swallow, and many of these sorts of propaganda items address this directly, insisting that surrender is a noble action that allows the soldier to continue to serve his country after the end of the conflict. The first run of this particular sort of leaflet, with about 6 variations that we are aware of, did not apparently result in many surrenders, but when new leaflets were dropped with the language changed to "I Cease Resistance" results appear to have improved. Rare. Item #53052

Price: $425.00

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