Thank you, Colorado! This wonderful piece of wartime ephemera landed on my mat this week, unexpected but very welcome, from an address in Brush (population 5,463) in north-east Colorado. Whoever my benefactor may be, I'm very grateful.
It's a very delicate, almost tissue thin, propaganda handbill issued by the Germans during the Second World War. It would have been dropped over British troops fighting in Italy in the summer of 1944. The image of the city is memorably sinister. The text reads:
Just prick up your ears to this and guess what!
For months your politicians have been telling you that the new secret German weapon is just a bluff of propaganda, a mouthful of bombastic talk.
However, since June 16th, your so-called free press has been put under the most rigid censorship.
Because since June 16th plain facts are speaking:
V NUMBER 1
V Number 1, those roaring monsters of the air, are smashing London and the supply bases in England with dreadful precision.
Regarding V Number 1 the First Lord of the Admiralty Alexander made it plain that England is facing hard times, that the new German weapon is the most modern and the most deadly form of attack from the air.
You fellows on the Italian front are lucky to be far away from that hell turned loose over England.
The American Jew Baruch gave orders to "Bomber" Harris to indiscriminately kill German women and children, our women and children.
V NUMBER 1 is giving the answer.
And this from Wikipedia provides the context:
The V-1 flying bomb ... — also known as the Buzz Bomb or Doodlebug — was an early pulse-jet-powered predecessor of the cruise missile. The ... first V-1 was launched at London on 13 June 1944, one week after (and prompted by) the successful Allied landing in Europe. At its peak, more than one hundred V-1s a day were fired at southeast England, 9,521 in total, decreasing in number as sites were overrun until October 1944, when the last V-1 site in range of Britain was overrun by Allied forces. This caused the remaining V-1s to be directed at the port of Antwerp and other targets in Belgium, with 2,448 V-1s being launched. The attacks stopped when the last site was overrun on 29 March 1945. In total, the V-1 attacks caused 22,892 casualties (almost entirely civilians).
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