(n. p.): (n. d.). Ca 1965-1970. Five different examples, two in duplicates and one in triplicate. Nine leaflets total. Various sizes. 2-1/2" x 4-3/4" to 4-1/4" x 5-5/8". One printed in color to verso (flag of South Vietnam); three 5 Dong "currency" leaflets printed in red-brown to verso. Remaining examples white paper printed in black, with an illustration to the recto and text to verso. Printed on cheap paper, lightly toned to some leaflets. Crisp and clean overall. A VG - VG+ set. Item #37398
A collection of 5 different examples of GVN propaganda leaflets, two of which appear to have been issued by South Vietnam as part of their psyops, rather than US military forces. Includes:
- "Dong Bai": patriotic message printed over top of a South Vietnamese flag in dk yellow and red, with text to verso warning of severe retribution for any who shoot down (ARVN) planes. No code number.
- "Ky-Niem Chua Xot" (~ "Bitter Memory"): half-tone photograph of a large, smiling family to recto; text to verso explaining that the photo was found beside the body of a dead VC soldier, and encouraging VC soldiers to defect or face the same fate. Code DV157AH301165. Two copies.
- Urgent evacuation warning: illustration of soldiers dying on the ground during an air attack to recto; text to verso warning of an imminent and remorseless attack by ARVN forces on area VC troops, and urging villagers to seek safety in ARVN-controlled areas. Code (?) 121. Two copies.
- "Khai Quang": two-panel illustration, the first of two planes spraying herbicide/Agent Orange on a village, and the second of the resulting swath of barren land afterward; text to verso explaining that the government is attempting to restore peace and protect food sources by destroying VC hiding places. Code SP-744. Possibly the earliest defoliation leaflet issued.
- Five dong currency: parody of banknote printed to recto; text to verso is a safe conduct pass. Believed to be from the earlier, high quality distribution that occurred in 1965-66. Although these "banknotes" were highly successful as safe conduct passes and slightly smaller than government currency, they soon entered the economy and were eventually stopped due to the political repercussions of a foreign government dropping another country's defacto currency on its citizens. Three copies.
Likely distributed by means other than an air drop, though indubitably part of that campaign. Quite rare to find in this condition.