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Warning Leaflet Dropped on Japan

Translation: May 30, 1945. Propaganda leaflet dropped by an enemy plane

Following bloody struggles over territory across the Pacific and the devastating U.S. firebombing of TokyoB-29s carried a non-lethal payload over Japan: leaflets urging the Japanese people to surrender. Though the war in Europe had ended with Germany's unconditional surrender, the Pacific war continued, with casualties mounting to staggering heights on both sides. The U.S. would drop similar leaflets three months later, around the time atomic weapons were used at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Source: The Center of the Tokyo Raid and War Damages/Tokyo Fire Museum. Used with permission. Translation courtesy of Prof. Wesley M. Jacobsen, East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department, Harvard University.

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