German Propaganda Posters – The Shadow Campaign

Other WWII Propaganda Poster posts

Tad found a great collection of Nazi Propaganda that has been collected by a college professor in Michigan, Randall Bytwerk. I’ve shown plenty of WW2 propaganda posters but the majority have been from the Allied side of the war and I’m using this opportunity to showcase the types of propaganda used by the Germans and will be highlighting some of these posters over the next few months.

This collection of posters are from a specific campaign from the beginning of 1944 that is the German equivalent of the “Loose Lips Sink Ships” allied campaign or the “Keep It Under Your Stetson” campaign. Here’s the background that Randall provides (the image comments are also his):

One of the last major Nazi propaganda campaigns was the “Shadow Campaign” of the first half of 1944. It was intended to encourage people to be alert to enemy spies. There is an entry in Goebbels’s diaries dated 12 October 1943 in which he approves the outline of the campaign…There were about a dozen posters that accompanied the campaign, each of which included the shadow of an enemy spy.

The full background and the articles sent to local-level propagandists can be found at Randall’s site.

One man tells another: “It’s over there at the edge of the forest…”

A soldier carelessly reveals military secrets to his girl.

Chattering work mates talk about thinks they shouldn’t.

A soldier tells his girl: “Further to the west…”

A barber says: “I can tell you that on…”

“It’s underground…”

Two work mates are overheard.

“Hans writes that his division has reached…”

Two truckers chatter about secret matters.

An officer is shocked at what his girl is telling him.

A dubious waiter listens in.

Another suspicious scene in a pub… “Pst! The enemy is listening.”

The theme even showed up on matchboxes.

[Images courtesy of Randall Bytwerk at Calvin College.]

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