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Africans in Wartime Propaganda (pt1)


Blacks in Wartime Propaganda

Blacks in Wartime Propaganda

You would be surprised the amount of people who are totally ignorant about the role of black troops in both World Wars, and even in subsequent wars. Furthermore, the use of Black troops in European armies was extremely controversial in the first part of the 20th Century.

Africans have been depicted both positively and negatively in Wartime propaganda, they have also been the specific targets of leaflet campaigns from the Germans, Japanese and Koreans.

Here are a few examples of Wartime propaganda.

Allied Propaganda in WW1

Allied Propaganda in WW1

The allies emphasised the use of black troops in propaganda to ensure that troops from the colonies would sign up.

A French Loaf [Unwanted help from the French bourgeoisie] for hungry soldiers! (1921)

Russian – A French Loaf Unwanted help from the French bourgeoisie

for hungry soldiers! (1921)

However the use of African colonial troops as an occupying force, was not popular with many European countries. The French were criticised and mocked for their deployment of Senegalese Troops.

Help the West Indies

West Indian – British Poster

An example of a Colonies Wartime Propaganda, in the West Indies.

A propaganda slide depicting friendship between an Aryan woman and a black woman as a loss of racial pride. The caption reads, "The result: racial pride fades."

A propaganda slide depicting friendship between an Aryan woman and a black woman as a loss of racial pride. The caption reads, “The result: racial pride fades.”

Adolf Hitler, was opposed to the relationships between Germans and African soldiers who had been stationed in the Rhineland. The Children who were born into such relationships were a particular irritation to Hitler. In his book Mein kampf, he spoke of his solution for the “Rhineland Bastards”.

Liberator - German/Italian Poster- black American airman holding his fist over a destroyed Italian City.

Liberator – German/Italian Poster- black American airman holding his fist over a destroyed Italian City.

Black American troops were deployed in Italy, Mussolini tried to spread fear and mistrust amongst Italians, by depicting African American troops as barbarians.

British "Tommy" and an American black soldier laugh at the sight of an Italian soldier apparently fighting against his brother who stayed loyal to Mussolini.

British “Tommy” and an American black soldier laugh at the sight of an Italian soldier apparently fighting against his brother who stayed loyal to Mussolini.

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