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'Lurid' Nazi propaganda goes under the hammer.

Nazi propaganda leaflets taunting British soldiers about their wives have been uncovered as part of a private collection due to be sold at auction.

The material was dropped over enemy lines in Europe, and sees the Nazis resorting to devious methods of provoking the British soldiers.

One leaflet depicts an English woman's infidelity with an American soldier and has the caption "You American s are sooo different".

Richard Westwood-Brookes, historical document expert at Mullock's auctioneers, describes the propaganda as "a lurid attempt to destroy British morale".

The young soldiers were easy target for the Nazi propaganda machine.

Amongst the leaflets, which have been held in private collections for 70 years, is also evidence of the Nazi intent to improve their reputation.

Mr Westwood-Brookes said: "After knowledge of Nazi death camps became more widespread, the Germans were keen to enforce a more positive image of themselves." One of the propaganda handbills intended for British troops has the headline "POWs are well treated" and the illustration caption "German soldier giving first aid to a wounded Allied soldier".

However, the leaflets for sale show that such propaganda techniques were not onesided.

A rare cartoon, titled 'Some candidates for the Gallows', from a Belgium newspaper shows two men hanged on a street lamp.

Underneath is a list of names for the Gallows including Nazi journalists, admirers and soldiers. The leaflets are to be sold at Mullock's Auctioneers in Ludlow, Shropshire, on November 18.


Some examples of the Nazi propaganda leaflets that are up for auction later next week
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Date:Nov 11, 2010
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