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Paper War: Nazi Propaganda in One Battle, on a Single Day, Cassino, Italy, May 11, 1944
by Randall Bytwerk
Publisher's Description
Propaganda is a weapon. It is graphic design's most sinister manifestation, made to change perceptions, destroy morale and help dominate culture. Paper War offers a rare opportunity to understand the dynamics of propaganda in the timeless tale of the flexible and immediate use of information in one battle, on a single day - Cassino, Italy, May 11, 1944.

Through the leaflets he collected that day, Peter Batty - a British solider who served as a liaison officer in the Indian army - recounts the Nazi's skillful but ultimately unsuccessful campaign to win the battle by barraging the enemy with paper, as well as bullets and bombs.

The images in the propaganda pieces from Cassino are varied, vivid and arresting, particularly when considering the logistics of design, production and delivery in the heat of battle. The solider tells the compelling story of how the Nazis misidentified the Allied troops, firing a total of 14 different leaflets in a succession of four languages: English, Polish, Urdu and Hindi. Very different messages accompanied by very different graphics were used to appeal to – and terrify – each intended audience, and they are all reproduced here at full size with complete translations. Paper War will appeal to anyone interested in military history, propoganda and communication arts and design.

The book contains an introduction by Randall Bytwerk, an acknowledged expert and author on the propaganda of Nazi Germany.
ISBN: 097622450X
Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher
Hardcover : 64 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
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