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The Germans dropped propaganda leaflets too. Here is one from the latter part of the war.


The offensive begins

At eleven o’clock on the morning of September 3, 1939, the government of Great Britain declared war on Germany in response to Hitler’s invasion of Poland. Later that evening, some ten British bombers took off from Linton-on-Ouse airbase in Northern England, bound for Germany. Their targets were  cities in the Ruhr valley and the Baltic ports of Bremen and Hamburg. Shortly before daybreak, nine of the ten bombers retuned to base (one aircraft landed in France). Their 13-ton payload had consisted of 5.4 million propaganda leaflets, meant to impress on the German people that victory by the Allies was inevitable and inviting them to overthrow the Hitler regime.

‘The only thing achieved’ Arthur Harris commented, concerning this and later leaflet exercises, “was largely to supply the continent's requirements of toilet paper for the five long years of war.” No doubt he would have been just as dismissive of another operation of Bomber Command at this time, which involved dropping huge quantities of teabags over Holland to demonstrate that beleaguered Britain still possessed sufficient comforts to be generous with them. Mad ideas, of course, but not as lethal as that other lunatic idea: bombing a country into the Stone Age.

In the last few weeks when it was clear Germany was about to collapse, Harris continued bombing German cities for no discernible reason, killing some 35,000 people in one day in Dresden alone. At the beginning of the war, in discussions about bombing Germany, a senior official was aghast at the suggestion that private factories should be bombed.