German aerial leaflets.

German to Russian.

German->Russian propaganda leaflets are rare and unfortunatly little or no research is available on this subject.
The following leaflets were all retrieved from artillerie projectiles in Russia. (Source: H. Mattheus)



One side printed only, hard to date but judging by the message "Road to Berlin - Your death!" rather late war presumably.

"Vlasov govorit: " 


Another hard example to date since the Germans used Vlasov for propaganda before a real ROA was allowed by Hitler.

[English translation]
[ROA propaganda & volunteers]

" <- Stalin | Vlasov ->  DVA PUTI! " (KB218)


Dating towards the end of 1944 since it mentions "The Committee for the Liberation of the Peoples of Russia", officially announced 14/11/1944.

[English translation]
[Vlasov Committee & ROA]

" V1 " (Ri 51.)


Presumably dating from around 08/1944, unfortunatly the great article on about the V1 and related propaganda (even to neutral countries) has none relating to the Eastern front.

[English Translation]

German to British.

" The other side " (Nr.4)

Besides the conventional ways of plane and artillery dissemination the Germans also used some of their famous V1 weapon to do so.
The rare leaflet below was found in Antwerp city (Source: H. Mattheus), dropped by one of the thousands of V1's that were fired at the port city.
The great article "The City of Sudden Death" tells the story and also features a map showing all the impacts of V1 and V2's in the Antwerp area.

[The City of Sudden Death, 07/10/1944 - 30/03/1945 ]


Carried by the V1 in a cardboard tube at the extreme rear of the fuselage, this 4th (of 6) in the serie is the only one with a message warning people in 3 languages.
Dating towards the end of the V weapon campaign on Antwerp since in the great article an example is shown that was found at Kloosterzande (NL) on 16/03/1945.

["The other side" series]
[Leaflet ejecting mechanics]

German to UK/US.

Parody  " Safe conduct ".

Called the most effective single leaflet of the war, the story of the "passierschein" ("safe conduct pass") for Germany is interesting because of the alleged belief on the part of the Allies that
the German officer or soldier would react in a positive way to an official looking document. Therefore, the Americans and British collaborated to produce a fancy official document bearing
national seals and signatures that would rival a stock certificate. It was considered so powerful that in 1944 the Allied Supreme Headquarters issued a directive forbidding reproduction of the
safe conduct pass on other leaflets, wanting to protect the authenticity of the document. For great info on how it's evolution visit
(Source: )


In a reaction to the widely used Allied "Safe conduct" leaflet the Germans deceided to respond with this parody in October 1944 (Source: ).

[German parody]
[Succes of safe conducts]