British aerial leaflets .

The British Government had been disseminating leaflets to the Germans since the first day of World War II.
Starting in May of 1944 leaflets of American- British origin had been used (XG-series by PWE/OWI).
The dissemination of Allied leaflets produced by SHAEF/PWD continued until the last day of WW II.

" 7 Tage Luftkrieg - Damals und heute " ( G.11 )


Dropped by planes from 15/16 March to 26/27 April 1944, it quotes some of Churchill's speeches and warns German civilians to leave centers of industrial activity or face "Area bombing".
The picture depicting the weeks most bombs were dropped annualy refers to "Operation Gomorrah" for 1943 and "Operation Argument" (commonly known as "Big Week") for 1944.
Produced by the P.W.E., some 8.4 million were printed in 4 runs ( first on 29/02, last on 06/04/1944 ) of which one only in black & white.. (Source:

[Area bombing Directive]
["Operation Gomorrah"]
["Operation Argument"]

" Eine kleine clique? " ( XG.16 )


Made shortly after the failed attempt to kill Hitler on 20/07/1944 this leaflet mentions Hitler's speech later that day and 15 Generals relieved from command for various reasons.
Starting in May 1944 leaflets of British-American origin were used (XG-series by PWE/OWI), this leaflet being distributed by planes from 23/24 July ( to 18/19 August ) 1944.

[Sacked commanders - Reasons]

" Invasion manuals " ( XH.14 )

The Allies produced several leaflet series for Dutchman living under German occupation, the leaflet newspaper series “De Vliegende Holander” comprises also several extraordinary leaflets.
The Invasion booklets were disseminated under three camouflaged covers, with identical content, with loads of information on what is to be done in case of the Allied landings.

The covers of Dutch booklets were, unlike similar brochures dropped over others countries, never camouflaged (the XH14 examples being the only exception).
Similar examples were disseminated in Belgium, in Flanders 3 covers related to the VNV were used while the Walloon versions were in french and had 3 Rex related covers.
(Source: H. Mattheus)


Made by the P.W.E / O.W.I. and dropped by planes from 22/23 May to 11/12 June 1944, these and the third Dutch example
"De Dag van de Jeugd" Een oproep aan het Neder-landsche Volk, Uitgeverij Opbouw, Amsterdam" can be fully viewed online. (Sources: -

[Online full examples]
" Drei tonnen sprengstoff " ( WG.43 )


Series WG and ZG were produced and printed in London, later in Paris and Brussels, various Army Groups used different codes and some leaflets were printed without code.
Distributed from planes between 14/03 and 19/04/1945, a very late war example by PWD/SHAEF.(Source:


Passierschein / Safe Conduct:  ZG 37 & US/GB-ZG90K1945

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:


ZG37 was the first version to use the bright red ( also green ) background so typical to these iconic leaflets, P.W.D/S.H.A.E.F dropped almost 17 million from 1st August to 10 September 1944.



Changes by ZG90k include mentioning the leaflet was valid for more then one person and the Allied Supreme Commander signature.
Printed by George Lang, the 1st of 7500000 of this variant were printed on 04/12/1944, and only disseminated by artillery.
Of these P.W.D./S.H.A.E.F sent 5,500,000 leaflets to 12 Army Group and 2,000,000 to 6 Army Group. (Source:

[German parody]
[Safe Conduct Succes]