World War: War of Flying Words

If words were shells and epithets bombs, the Armies of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin would both be in smithereens. Not only is the Russian-German war the first contest between comparably mechanized armies; it is the first battle between comparably imaginative propagandas.

Paper Ammunition. A Russian Army communique told how an observer spotted three Germans crawling on their bellies toward a Russian barbed-wire entanglement. The Russian commander ordered his men to hold fire, be alert. One of the Germans reached the entanglement and pinned to the barbed wire a sheet of paper, then turned back. The Russians ran out and read the...

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