The 20 Most Sinister Psyop Leaflets of All Time

(ANTIMEDIA) – Some of the weirdest and most disturbing advertisements ever created are done so for military campaigns. They come in the form of propaganda leaflets, which are dropped by air or otherwise disseminated into a country or territory that is being invaded. Virtually every war since the beginning of the 20th century has produced these leaflets, which are also known as psyops or psychological operations and can be divided up into three categories: white, grey, and black. The intention is to use psychology and symbolism to influence members of the general population, inciting fear and, ultimately, compliance.

Governments use psyops in a variety of contexts but the most common is during war, when entire populations must be convinced that killing in the name of God and State is not murder. Citizens also need an emotional impetus to grant their government the impunity to kill civilians and children in the most brutal of ways, including via unmanned drones. All but a few countries in the world are currently engaged in war, so there are a lot of psyops in progress as you read this.

These days, the internet has turned into a powerful new breeding ground for wartime psyops, but the psychological methods and imagery still follow the same tactics; you just have the added tools of chat rooms, social media, and forums as ways to manufacture consent.

The following leaflets come to you thanks to the incredible archives of PsyWar.org. They are, in this author’s humble opinion, the most sinister psyop leaflets ever dropped:

British leaflet produced by General Headquarters in France for German troops on the Western front 1915-1918

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British balloon distributed propaganda leaflets for German troops on the Western front, 1918

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World War 2 Germany to Allies – “While you were away”

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“Waiting in Vain”

psyop_waitinginvain

“Life is short – Death is quicker!”

psyop_lifeisshort

Christmas message from Soviet Union to Germany 1941-1945

psyop_mother

Japan to Allied Troops 1941-1945 – “CAPITALISTS DEMAND RED ENDLESSLY!”

psyop_japan

First Iraq War – 1991 – “Adhere to the following procedures to cease resistance”

psyop_adhere

“CEASE RESISTANCE BE SAFE”

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“Escape to Your Home!”

psyop_escapetohome

IFOR/SFOR BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA 1996-2004

psyop_bosnia

Operation Enduring Freedom – 2001-2002

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psyop_money

Operation Iraqi Freedom – Coalition Psyop 2003-2004

psyop_mosque

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psyop_ordnance

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Israel to Lebanon 2006 – “Your defenders are your destroyers”

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