very short episode of Uncle Fuzzy's World Warped II today, and (likely) none over the weekend due to moving stress, but who knows, we'll see if we can dig up some quick gems for you anyway.
Today's post concerns "Operation Cornflake". Conceived by General William "Wild Bill" Donovan, the head of the OSS, in 1944. It involved an attempt to demoralize German civilians by printing up fake stamps that either munged Hitler's face and displayed it as a skull
or replaced the phrase "Deutsches Reich" on 6 and 12 Pfennig stamps with "Futsches Reich" ("futsch" = gone, wasted, lost cause in German.) They were partially printed up by OSS operations in Switzerland; the whole campaign was handled by the provisional 2677th regiment of the OSS.
To get these delivered, a number of mail trains were bombed, and mail sacks dropped among the wreckage. Some of the mail bags contained copies of Das Neue Deutschland, an Allied propaganda leaflet for Germany
Funny enough, Neues Deutschland was also the title of one of the official East German newspapers, founded in 1946 (still exists as a self-proclaimed leftist daily.)
Want to buy one? Have a look here: http://www.hgitner.com/oss.html
More information: http://www.psywarrior.com/Cornflakes2.html
A further campaign, named Operation Sauerkraut, involved the use of German POWs to distribute propaganda leaflets, forged Wehrmacht pay booklets, and other documents. More information at
good luck with moving, it can be a pain. ive always found the propaganda aspect of ww1 and ww2 very interesting. some of the leaflets ive seen are hilarious, amazing what people will come up with.
Just mirroring what real-bad just said.... The propaganda of that time was outstanding. good find.
wow...thats one hell of a sneaky idea! Thats for sure!
7th December 2003
There was also a project to "weaken the moral" of enemy troops by distributing pornographic pictures. I guess this didn't work out as they imagined.
I wonder if it actually had any effect?:uhm:
I pretend I'm cooler than AzH
3rd September 2005
probobley did. they want to get back to their wives and girlfriends if they see it.