SUMMER EXHIBITION – Japanese Second World War Propaganda Leaflets

SUMMER EXHIBITION – Japanese Second World War Propaganda Leaflets

Japanese propaganda aimed at inhabitants of the territories they occupied and conquered, as well as the soldiers of the opposing Allied armies, focused on inequalities between East Asian and Indian soldiers and European officers, and on Japan’s role as a liberator from European oppression. In the case of Gurkha soldiers, messages focused on the perceived unfairness of Nepalese soldiers fighting for Britain for little reward. Leaflets were often dropped over Allied positions portraying Allied politicians and commanders as decadent and as taking advantage of their colonies.

 

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