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|World War II||German|
|E.H./S.O.1||1939||2||13.5 cm x 21.5 cm|
|Printer/s||Date of First Print-run|
|Total Number of Leaflets Printed||Total Number of Leaflets Pulped|
|First Dissemination by Aircraft||Last Dissemination by Aircraft||Total No. Dropped by Aircraft|
|05/06 September 1939||08/09 September 1939||5,490,000|
|05/06 September 1939||1,440,000||Frankfurt to Mannheim|
|07/08 September 1939||1,440,000||Cuxhaven, Kiel, Lubeck, Wilhelmshaven|
|08/09 September 1939||2,160,000||Cologne, Munster, Osnabruck, East of the Ruhr|
Total number of leaflets disseminated by Aircraft: 5,040,000
GRAND TOTAL: 5,040,000
A Message from Great Britain to the German People
Despite the efforts of all men of good will to avert the catastrophe the Nazi Government has plunged the world into war.
This war is a crime. The Germans, who are a logical people, should make a clear distinction between the pretext on which their leaders started it and the principles that have compelled the British and French democracies to defend Poland's independence.
From the start the British Government declared its belief that there was nothing in the Polish question to justify a European war with all its tragic consequences. But the Munich settlement was followed five months later by the brutal destruction of Czechoslovakia's independence by your leaders. If Poland was not to go the way of Czechoslovakia we had to insist that the peaceful methods of negotiation should not be honourably carried out.
If the Chancellor of the Reich imagined that fear of war would induce the British Government to betray the cause of Poland, he made a fatal mistake. It is not England's way to break her pledged word and more than this, the time has come to call a halt to the rule of brute force which the Nazi Government wishes to impose on the world.
In precipitating this war he has come up against the inexorable will of the British Government, backed not only by the whole resources of a united British Empire, but also by an alliance of Great Powers, to maintain unimpaired human liberty and the rights of free peoples to a free existence.
Up to the last moment the Pope, the President of the United States of America and the King of the Belgians speaking for Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland, turned to your Nazi Government and besought Germany to choose the way of mediation rather than that of war. You go into this war isolated form the commonwealth of civilised peoples, and having the support of nobody but Communist Russia.
You cannot win this war. You are confronted by far greater resources than your own. For years an iron censorship and a widespread system of espionage have prevented you from knowing the truth or speaking your minds about the cruelties and injustice perpetrated in your name - against you you have the united strength of free peoples who, with their eyes wide open, will fight to the last for liberty - yours as well as theirs.
We hate war as much as we know you do. But remember Britain never gives way. Our nerves are tougher, our sinews of war stronger, than yours. We shall never give up.