MC:F51/N1 Nachrichten fÜr die TrÜppe (an Allied propaganda newspaper)
Nachrichten für die Trüppe (News for the Troops) was a subversive and unofficial newspaper dropped over Germany by the 8th U.S. Air Force from Feb 1944 to May 1945. It was compiled by a mixed Anglo-American team, including C.E. Stevens, and German refugees. The initial run totaled 200,000 single sheet copies, and eventually reached one million copies per day until the last issue, no. 381, printed on the day of the German surrender, May 7th., 1945. In total 159,898,973 copies of the newspaper were produced. The entire run was published by Kraus Reprint and Periodicals in 1973.
MC:F51/N1/1 26 Feb 1944–5 May 1945
A complete run of “Nachrichten für die Trüppe” dropped over Germany Feb 1944 – May 1945. Missing numbers include issues 1,2,3,4, 11, 13, 18, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 39, 44, 46, 49, 78, 91, 119, 128, 129, 181, 191, 192, 213, 249, 25, 253, 254, 267, which were supposedly suppressed at the proof stage or never written. Three pre-publication trial copies are also included, and a copy of “Das 12-Uhr Blatt” no.1, 13 April 1945. Also contained is a copy of the Daily Telegraph, dated 7 March 1944, with a report detailing the dropping of leaflets over Oslo by American raiders.
The following issues have had sections cut out: 108, 109, 125, 140, 146, 155, 179, 186, 197, 221. There is a duplicate of 109 that is undamaged.
The edition numbers for notable events include:
51: D-Day landings
130: Fall of Paris
267: Ardennes Offensive
277: Fall of Warsaw
325: Fall of Cologne
360: Fall of Hannover
362: Death of Roosevelt
371: Russian tanks in Berlin
372: Reports of Nazi atrocities in Belsen
379: Death of Mussolini
Special Edition: Surrender of Nazi Germany
Editions from 5 to 55 are two sided, 56 to 355 are four sided and 355 to 379 are four sided, but with a single large front page over two sides.
Typical items include bomb damage reports, details of most recent attacks, U-Boat sinkings, reports on how the women of Germany are being forced to work, and pictures of damaged German towns and prisoner’s of war. Recurring items include “…years ago”, which presents a now ironic triumphalist quote from a German official. “Granatsplitter” presents more lighthearted stories in bullet point format. Sport reports are maintained throughout the war. Almost all issues contain a picture of a glamorous woman, presented at first under the pretence of reviewing films or stage shows, later coming more risqué and often without a story attached. In the four page format, the front page is usually dedicated to the Western front, and the backpage to the Eastern front.
A letter from C.E. Stevens is enclosed, in which he states that he played a considerable part in the production of the newspaper. He adds that the collection is covered by the Official Secrets Act and should not be reproduced until allowed by Act of Parliament or an official decree. In recent times the existence of these papers has become widely known and other copies have been made available elsewhere.
A reproduction of the front page of issue 52 can be found on page 187 of “Hidden Magdalen”, edited by David Roberts and Richard Sheppard and published by Magdalen College, Oxford.
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