TIL that the WWII Axis Powers dropped pornographic propaganda on Allied soldiers in the hopes of demoralizing them. Instead, they inadvertently boosted their morale.

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Germany, Air Dropping porn 70 years before the iPhone


Why on earth did they think that would work?


“Shit, it didn’t work. Try dropping booze and cigarettes”


The article is an interesting read. Especially the last paragraph about a soldier who found a way to make the porno props effective later during the Vietnam War: ‘But the most mind-blowing dirty trick I ever saw was conceived by my good friend Floyd ‘Pigpen’ Ambrose. He went all the way to Bangkok to have a printed poster of his own design, showing a nude, large-breasted Asian woman, which he’d tack on trees beside major enemy trails. Imagine the shock of an NVA soldier, raised under a straitlaced Communist orthodoxy that prohibited pornography, who came upon Floyd’s poster – not to mention the provocative headline, which boldly asked in Vietnamese, ‘Who’s sleeping with your wife, and has she got jugs like these?’ As the message grew more inflammatory, the print became smaller, luring the engrossed soldier closer – and closer – and he’d forget caution and step on the small mine Floyd had planted and lose a foot.’


“I know how to make those boys miserable, give them lots and lots of pictures of hot naked ladies! Boys hate hot naked ladies!”