Item #53057 Propaganda leaflet dropped on Myitkyina, Burma

Propaganda leaflet dropped on Myitkyina, Burma

[Burma: US Army, 1944]. Bifolium leaflet, 5" x 6.75"; printed in red and black in Japanese, with instructions in English and Chinese on the last page stating that the bearer of the leaflet should be treated courteously and conducted to Allied headquarters. One prior fold, small chip to one corner, postage stamps overlapping Chinese text, a rare Burmese survival in very good condition. Such "I surrender" leaflets were dropped throughout the Pacific theater, with text insisting on the futility of continuing to fight, assuring soldiers that to surrender would be honorable and the correct decision to make, and promising safety and respect from the Allies. The text inside this leaflet appears to follow that trend, noting the high casualties and asking, "For what are you giving your life?" It also lists four important things of which to take heed; the third point is highlighted and says that they should absolutely not be holding any firearms when approaching Allied troops. This particular leaflet refers to the "Soldiers of Myitkyina" and was likely dropped around the Siege of Myitkyna in 1944. Item #53057

Price: $650.00

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