[This one is different from the last time… Since the photos went down and Rudolf’s main blog went caput (thanks to WP), I’ll repost it…]
[Also, thanks to Cartier who sent me these links in a comment to me…]
On the night of the 10th/11th August 1940 German bombers dropped an unusual load on the people of Britain- propaganda leaflets. These leaflets were entitled ‘A Last Appeal to Reason’ and were a translation of a speech given by the Fuhrer to the Reichstag calling for peace. The speech was printed on a tabloid sized four page newspaper, in a dense piece of text covering all pages:
[GM’s note: I will, in this case, save the copies to GMB, since I don’t want these to fall down… I don’t think that the original source will go bust soon, since it seems to be simply a British military memorabilia blog… But you never know].
As ever click these images for larger sized copies if you want to read it in more detail. It is hard to assess the impact of this leaflet- during my research into the leaflet I find myself repeatedly being directed to revisionist history sites telling us that this was a sign of Hitler’s good intentions and that there were numerous plots on the British side to ensure the war continued (these sites often add an anti-Semitic slant to the history as well). I would argue that the leaflet was a pragmatic approach from the Nazis who were planning the invasion of Russia and wished to avoid a battle on two fronts. If the leaflet worked and encouraged peace they could concentrate on the upcoming battle with communist Russia and if not they had not lost anything…
GM’s note: I told you that this source was a bit kosher. Well, it’s good anyway, if only for the leaflets in big size. If you want to check it anyway, click: A Last Appeal to Reason Propaganda Leaflet
And now, let’s move to a non-kosher, friendly source…
WHEN HITLER DROPPED PEACE LEAFLETS, CHURCHILL DROPPED BOMBS!
By July of 1940, Germany is in complete control of the war which had been imposed upon it. The Polish aggressor has been defeated, peace with France has been established, and Hitler has graciously allowed the British to evacuate the continent (at Dunkirk), leaving their equipment behind. Furthermore, the Soviet Union and the United States are not even in the war. So then, with Germany ‘holding all the cards’, and Churchill now bombing German civilians, what does the big bad Hitler do? He continues to plea for an end to the sensless war – with no strings attached. That’s what!
Most students of real history, and certainly all readers of TomatoBubble.com, already know this. But did you know that Hitler went so far as to airdrop mass quantities of ‘peace leaflets’ over London? It’s true. The 4-page leaflets were English-language copies of his recent speech before the German nation, a speech which the Germans arranged to have broadcast on hundreds of radio stations across Europe. The July 19th speech was entitled: “A Last Appeal to Reason”.
Dropped over London the day after, the leaflet summarizes the injustices inflicted upon Germany after the Great War of 1914-1918, warns of the machinations of the Jewish warmongers and their henchmen, and finally closes with Hitler’s plea to call off the war.
“In this hour I feel it to be my duty before my own conscience to appeal once more to reason and common sense in Great Britain as much as elsewhere. I consider myself in a position to make this appeal, since I am not the vanquished, begging favors, but the victor speaking in the name of reason. I can see no reason why this war must go on. I am grieved to think of the sacrifices it will claim.
I should like to avert them. As for my own people, I know that millions of German men, young and old alike, are burning with the desire to settle accounts with the enemy who for the second time has declared war upon us for no reason whatever. But I also know that at home there are many women and mothers who, ready as they are to sacrifice all they have in life, yet are bound to it by their heartstrings.
Possibly Mr. Churchill again will brush aside this statement of mine by saying that it is merely born of fear and of doubt in our final victory. In that case I shall have relieved my conscience in regard to the things to come.”
Want to see more? Read all of it at: WHEN HITLER DROPPED PEACE LEAFLETS, CHURCHILL DROPPED BOMBS!
Also, a bonus… (Thanks again to Cartier)…
[This is a short extract of the first chapter of a book written by a Scotsman on the Führer’s era, just a little while before the Second World War…]
The Case for Germany: A Study of Modern Germany
It has often been said here of the Führer that he was “only a house painter” or that he had “no education”, and the general tendency of opinion in England is that he was not a public school man and therefore is not much good. This attitude shows not only a regrettable snobbishness, but a total ignorance of the origin of so many great men. It is an error which we in Scotland are not likely to fall into, as so many of our famous Scotsmen have come from a similar stock, and have had a similar upbringing and education to that of the Führer.
The Highland crofter with his fierce independence, and the poor Scottish student who worked on the farm all summer to pay his university fees, are our equivalent to the finest type of European peasant, who produces a Mussolini, and a Hitler, and the small farmers of America who produced an Abraham Lincoln.
It is among the peasants of Europe that the old customs and traditions are maintained; the townspeople tend to become all of one pattern, and it is to the country that we must go to find the old costumes handed down for centuries, and the old legends and fairy tales. The people in the mountain and forest districts of Germany still live in the houses, and wear on gala days the costumes with which the Grimms fairy tales are illustrated; through these tales we live in an imaginary world in our childhood, with which the familiar Grimms fairy tales are illustrated; through these tales we live in an imaginary world in our childhood which is the familiar every day world to them. However strong may be our link with Germany in later life, through the Protestant religion which we owe to her, and through her philosophy and music, the ties formed at our most impressionable age are with the peasant…
Read more of this chapter at: Der Führer
And, if you wish to see the index of the full book, click here.
And to think that history has been twisted to make people think that he really was, and that Hitler was an evil warmonger when in turn, Churchill was.
The source – Freiburger Zeitung (Morgenausgabe), 30 March 1939, pp. 1-2, 5 The newspaper is available on-line.
Gauleiter Robert Wagner Rips Off the Masks of the Warmongers
In Packed Mass Meetings the People of Freiburg Demonstrate their Determined Will to Defend Germany’s Right to Exist
Freiburg, 29 March
Everywhere in Gau Baden, in the cities and villages, towns and hamlets, party members and citizens gathered in mass meetings in these last days of a month of great historic events to hear news of the great German nation’s fateful battle for life from the mouths of their leaders. They also gave the only possible answer to those agitators, liars, and international well-poisoners who want to plunge the world into misery, terror, war, and bloody collapse.
It is an answer so unanimous and so clear that opponents must see how strong and firm the will of a nation today is that has the good fortune to live in Germany’s greatest days and stride into the future behind Adolf Hitler…
Read more at: The True Face of the Democracies