As well as the open propaganda of the British Government produced during the Second World War, like the foreign language radio broadcasts of the BBC and the aerial propaganda leaflets dropped by the RAF over Occupied Europe, a secret underground propaganda battle was also fought. ‘The Black Art’ documents this history of Britain’s clandestine psychological warfare conducted against the Nazi’s Third Reich. This black propaganda was the work of several secret intelligence organisations including the Political Warfare Executive and Special Operations Executive. Using previously undiscovered primary source material ‘The Black Art’ charts the progress of and catalogues the range of propaganda leaflets covertly distributed across Occupied Europe and beyond to subvert the morale of German soldiers and civilians. The propaganda included such ruses as malingering instructions to fake the symptoms of illness, tips for desertion to neutral countries, parody postage stamps, advice on sabotaging a U-boat, counterfeit ration coupons, identity documents and newspapers plus numerous other falsely attributed leaflets and stickers. Over 350 illustrations are included.
About the author
Lee Richards has been researching and writing about the history of propaganda and psychological warfare for over 25 years. He was a long term member of the PsyWar Society and for a number of years edited its quarterly journal The Falling Leaf. In 1997 he launched the well-respected website www.psywar.org to further research into this field. Richards has supplied research to and been interviewed by the international media including BBC television in the UK, PBS in America, and newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, America in WWII, WWII magazine and others. Items from his expansive collection of propaganda literature have appeared on BBC’s “QI” and “The One Show” and PBS’ “History Detectives”.
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