PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR ....


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Literature list


A short extract from a large list of available literature.

For a large part of the list I have to thank 'The Psywar Society' and especially Rod Oakland.

Remember that many of these books are out of print. You might be able to find them in a good library. However, some titles are very difficult to find.

You might be able to find these or similar books at Abebooks or other second hand/antiquarian book dealers.

Books on Propaganda (leaflets):


  • Buchbender, Ortwin / Schuh, Horst
    HEIL BEIL
    (note: Europe, WW2)
    Stuttgart, Seewald 1974

  • Field, John C.W.
    AERIAL PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS. A COLLECTORS HANDBOOK
    Sutton Coldfield (GB), The Aerofield 1954

  • Lerner, Dr.Daniel
    SYKE WAR
    G.W. Stewart Publisher Inc., New York 1948

  • Boehm, Edward
    BEHIND ENEMY LINES, WWII ALLIED/AXIS PROPAGANDA
    (note: leaflets used at the Italian front / most pictorial)
    ISBN 1-55521-379-0, The Wellfleet Press, 1989

  • Delmer, Sefton
    BLACK BOOMERANG
    (note: black propaganda)
    Martin Secker and Warburg Ltd, London 1962

  • Delmer, Sefton
    DIE DEUTSCHEN UND ICH
    (note: as title above but in German; also contains another book by Delmer)
    Nannen-Verlag, Hamburg 1962

  • Hansi and E. Tonnelat
    A TRAVERS LES LIGNES ENNEMIES
    Payot et Cie, Paris, 1922

  • Ellic Howe
    THE BLACK GAME
    published by Michael Joseph 1982

  • The Psywar Society
    BLATTER CATALOGUES
    (note: these are listings, often with background information and illustrations, of leaflets of particular types or from particular theatres of war)
    published by The Psywar Society

  • R.G.Auckland
    AERIAL PROPAGANDA OVER GREAT BRITAIN
    a monograph written and published by R.G.Auckland and available from him at 60, High St., Sandridge, via St. Albans, Herts. AL4 9BZ. England

  • Sir Robert Bruce-Lockhart
    COMES THE RECKONING
    (note: The story of WW2 'Political Warfare Executive)
    Putnam 1947

  • L. de Vries and J. de Groot
    EEN FASCINERENDE SELECTIE UIT DE OORLOGSJAREN 1940-45
    (note: WW2 Netherlands)
    Uitgeverij Skarabee B.V. 1974

  • Pierre Jammes
    ESSAI DE REPERTOIRE DES TRACTS LANCES PAR AVION
    pendant la guerre 1939- 1945
    (note: extract from 'Vieux Papier' Avril-Juillet 1946)

  • Psywar Society
    THE FALLING LEAF
    The quarterly magazine of the Psywar Society, published from 1958 to date
    (note: leaflets of all wars and conflicts)

  • Dr.H.H.D|sel
    DIE FLUGBLDTTER DES NATIONALKOMITEES FREIES DEUTSCHLAND' 1943- 1945
    (note: WW2 Russian leaflets)
    published by Dr.H.H.D|sel and available from the author at Hochriesstr. 12, D-83043, Bad Aibling, Germany

  • Palle Schmidt
    FLYVEBLADE NEDKASTET OVER DANMARK UNDER ANDEN VERDENKSRIG
    (note: all WWII British leaflets to Denmark illustrated)
    published by Palle Schmidt in 1981

  • L.N. and M. Williams
    FORGED STAMPS OF TWO WORLD WARS
    (note: British and German black' philately)
    published by the authors, 1954

  • Carl Berger
    AN INTRODUCTION TO WARTIME LEAFLETS
    (note: WW2 and Korea)
    published by Special Operations Research Office, The American University, Washington DC, USA in 1949

  • Esko Salminen and Kauko Suvanne
    KUVIEN SOTA 1935-1945, PROPAGANDALEHTISET TALVI- JA JATKOSODASSA
    (note: Finnish Winter War and the Continuation Wars)
    Otava Helsinki 1989. ISBN 951-1-10151-X

  • James Erdmann
    LEAFLET OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR
    printed privately in the USA in the 1970s (the author's research thesis)

  • Leo Margolin
    PAPER BULLETS
    (note: WW2 general)
    Froben Press 1946

  • Unknown source
    A COMPLETE INDEX OF ALLIED AIRBORNE LEAFLETS AND MAGAZINES 1939-1945
    (note: lists leaflets dropped by UK based aircraft)
    1945; reprint of an official listing of (British?) source. Information available from ww2propaganda@home.nl

  • The Japan Peace Museum
    PAPER WAR - PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS
    (note: illustrated catalogue of WWII leaflets to and from Japanese)
    The Japan Peace Museum, 1990, ISBN 4-900592-03-X

  • Kirchner, Klaus
    FLUGBLATT-PROPAGANDA IM 2.WELTKRIEG
    (note: series)
    Erlangen (Germany), Verlag D+C.

  • Klaus Kirchner
    POSTCARDS PRODUCED BY THE SOVIETS FOR AERIAL DISSEMINATION IN WWII
    published by Klaus Kirchner in 1994

  • Adolfo Mignemi
    PROPAGANDA POLITICA E MEZZI DI COMUNICAZIONE DI MASSA TRA FASCISMO E DEMOCRAZIA (POLITICAL PROPAGANDA AND MEANS OF MASS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN FASCISM AND DEMOCRACY)
    (note: Italian language 400 page, A4 book, illustrated. General propaganda media including leaflets, stamps, postcards, stickers, posters and photographs. Mainly from the Italian theatre)
    Instituto Storico Della Resistenza in Provincia di Novara, Corso Cavour 15, 28100 Novara, Italy, ISBN 88-7670-250-4

  • Paul Linebarger
    PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE
    (note: WW2 - general. The second edition has a chapter on Korea)
    Combat Forces Press 1948 (first edition) and 1954 (second edition)

  • William E. Daugherty
    A PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE CASEBOOK
    John Hopkins University 1958

  • PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE PART TWO, SUPPLEMENT NO. 1, 14 July 1945 PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE PART TWO, SUPPLEMENT NO. 2, 15 August 1945
    (note: Illustrates and gives full English translations of many leaflets dropped on Japanese troops and civilians by the Americans after December 1944)
    published by CINCPAC-CINCPOA as Bulletin No. 164-45

  • Daniel Lerner
    PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE AGAINST NAZI GERMANY
    M.I.T. Press 1971

  • Lothar Leser
    PSYCHOLOGISCHE KRIEFFUHRUNG. DIE BRITISCHE UND AMERIKANISCHE FLUGBLATTPROPAGANDA GEGEN DEUTSCHLAND IM ZWEITEN WELTKRIEG
    (note: early catalogue of Allied leaflets to Germany)
    published privately 1956

  • Erik Gjems-Onstad
    PSYKOLOGISK KRIGFORING I NORGE, DURHAM - HEMMELIGE OPERASJONER
    (note: illustrations of British black leaflets to Norway)
    Sollia Forlag in 1981

  • Sir Campbell Stuart
    SECRETS OF CREWE HOUSE
    (note: WW1 (!) British leaflets to Germany and Europe)
    Hodder and Stoughton, 1920

  • Pat Carty
    SECRET SQUADRONS OF THE EIGHTH
    (note: WW2, history of the US 8th Army Air Force bases in the U.K. that were used for covert operations and for the dissemination of leaflets)
    Ian Allen Ltd., 1990, ISBN 0 7110 1881 2

  • Dr.H.H.D|sel
    DIE SOWJETISCHE FLUGBLATT PROPAGANDA GEGEN DEUTSCHLAND IM ZWEITEN WELTKRIEG
    available from the author at Hochriesstr. 12, D-83043, Bad Aibling, Germany

  • Dr.H.H.D|sel
    DIE SOWJETISCHE FLUGBLATTPROPAGANDA GEGEN DEUTSCHLAND IM ZWEITEN WELTKRIEG, FRONTFLUGBLDTTER
    Published by Leipzig Universitetsverlag in 1998. ISBN 3 931922 63 4

  • Daniel Lerner
    SYKEWAR: PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE AGAINST GERMANY, D-DAY TO VE DAY
    published by George W. Stewart, 1949

  • Ortwin Buchbender
    DAS TONENDE ERZ, DEUTSCHE PROPAGANDA GEGEN DIE ROTE ARMEE IM ZWEITEN WELTKRIEG
    (note: WW2, Germany and Russia)
    Seewald Verlag, 1978

  • THE VALUE OF PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS DISSEMINATED BY AIRCRAFT
    Published by Operations Research Office, John Hopkins University, Washington DC, USA, 1950

  • Ortwin Buchbender and Horst Schuh
    DIE WAFFE DIE AUF DIE SEELE ZIELT, PSYCHOLOGISCHE KRIEGSFUHRUNG 1939-1945
    Motorbuch Verlag 1988

    Books and publications with significant references to leaflets:

  • Francis J. Field Ltd.
    THE AERO FIELD
    (note: house magazine of Francis J. Field Ltd., Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. General coverage of leaflets produced in wartime and peacetime. See particularly the magazine issues of the 50s, 60s and 70s)

  • Ewan Butler
    AMATEUR AGENT
    (note: 'black' stamps and other items)
    Geo C. Harrap, London 1965

  • Col. Michael Dewar
    THE ART OF DECEPTION IN WARFARE
    avid and Charles, 1989

  • Ellic Howe
    ASTROLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE DURING WORLD WAR TWO
    (note: much about "Der Zenit" 'black' magazine and Nostradamus)
    Rider and Co., London 1972

  • John Baker White
    THE BIG LIE
    (note: british black)
    Evans Brothers, 1955

  • Leslie Glass
    A CHANGING OF KINGS
    (note: Burma WW2)
    published by Peter Owen, 1985

  • Peter J.C.Smith
    FLYING BOMBS OVER THE PENNINES
    (note: V1 leaflets)
    published by Peter J.C.Smith in 1990 and available from the author at Flat 5, Highfield Ct., 31, Glebelands Rd., Prestwich, Manchester M25 5WE

  • Louis P. Lochner
    THE GOEBBELS DIARIES
    (note: British 'black')
    Hamish Hamilton in 1948

  • Edward Budd
    A PRINTER GOES TO WAR
    (note: general information on leaflet printing in WW2)
    Howard Baker Press, London 1975

  • Anthony Rhodes
    PROPAGANDA, THE ART OF PERSUASION: WORLD WAR II
    The Wellfleet Press in 1987

  • M. Balfour
    PROPAGANDA IN WAR, 1939-1945
    Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1979

  • HMSO
    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945
    (note: early leaflet dropping)
    HMSO, 1954. Volume 1

  • RAKETENPOST KATALOG
    (note: V1 leaflets)
    by Sieger-Verlaglorch/Wurtt

  • Zbynek Zeman
    SELLING THE WAR, ART AND PROPAGANDA IN WORLD WAR II
    published by Orbis Publishing, 1978

  • THE "SUN" AT WAR
    (note: publishers house publication; leaflets they printed for PID)
    published by Sun Engraving Co., Watford, 1945

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