Auction 102

Lot 405:

WWII COUNTER-PROPAGANDA FOR GERMAN TROOPS

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Three issues ‘Mitteilungen fur die Truppe’ (Guidance for the Troops) published by the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, number 363 and 364, September ’44 and Number 366, October, 1944, the last issue. These are the original German Armed Forces circulars ‘Mitteilungen fur die Truppe’ from a period that coincides with the climactic confrontation on the Eastern Front. They illustrate the presence of a coherent propaganda policy designed to boost troop resilience, these are not the propaganda versions distributed by the Allies. Every sentence is counter-propaganda, anti-Bolshevist, anti-Semitic, and directed at the soldier. These are ‘Durchhalteparolen’ appeals to stand firm. Each circular is two pages, approximately 9.5 x 14 inches, one fold. Very good.

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