Bombing leaflet dropped on Japanese cities 72 hours before a bombing strike encouraging citizens to flee. Over 5 million of them were delivered to 35 Japanese cities by 1 Aug 1945.

Caption   Bombing leaflet dropped on Japanese cities 72 hours before a bombing strike encouraging citizens to flee. Over 5 million of them were delivered to 35 Japanese cities by 1 Aug 1945. ww2dbase
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 5 Jan 2021



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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
5 Mar 2021 12:57:10 PM

The face of the leaflet reads:
Air Raid Warning – This city is the next target of the American Air Force.

The reverse of these leaflets contained the following message in Japanese:
These leaflets are being dropped to notify you that your city has been listed for destruction by our powerful air force. The bombing will begin within 72 hours.
This advance notice will give your military authorities ample time to take necessary defensive measures to protect you from the inevitable attack. Watch and see how powerless they are to protect you.
We give the military clique this notification of our plans because we know there is nothing they can do to stop our overwhelming power and our iron determination. We want you to see how powerless the military is to protect you.
Systematic destruction of city after city will continue as long as you blindly follow your military leaders whose blunders have placed you on the very brink of oblivion. It is your responsibility to overthrow the military government now and save what is left of your beautiful nation.
In the meanwhile, we urge all civilians to evacuate at once.

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