Propaganda was not unique to the Korean War, but the of propaganda use was brought to a new level in Korea. Most leaflets were dropped from aircraft as one leaflet below illustrates. They were printed on low quality paper in one or two colors. Most leaflet were directed at the enemy, but as the last one on this page illustrates, some were used to thank and encourage the UN troops for a job well done. For some reason my Dad had the far sightedness to collect leaflets. Through them we are given some insight into this little known phase of the Korean War.
Imagine being cold, tired, demoralized and far from home. Here you are, under constant fire from ground and air attacks. A plane flys over, you brace yourself for the inevitable explosions, but all it turns out to be is propaganda leaflets.
Even without a translation, the message is clear on this leaflet. The dramatic graphics paint a rather grim picture of the war in Korea.
The leaflet above reads:
"All (of us -meaning the Chinese) are getting wounded and hurt and we don't have proper medical facilities."
"Everyone is in trouble because of this disaster. It is mentally painful.
All our countrymen are getting hurt."
Ray Jones a former MP at Panmunjom in 1969-70 graciously offered to translate these propaganda leaflets for me. Ray is a ginseng grower in Maine, please visit
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This leaflet reads: "The UN troops treat them good."
This leaflet reads:(1) I happened to hear a couple of soldiers talking. It seems we are fighting for the
individual benefits of a few and nothing more. (2) When I was on night watch, I made up my mind to leave. (3) I turned myself in to the UN troops.
(4) They are treating me good. All is well.
The importance of wearing a helmet becomes painfully obvious on this 2 sided leaflet.
The blue side with the UN soldier reads:
"The UN helmets save their soldiers. The UN always takes care of their
soldiers. The UN has the most sophisticated weapons for their soldiers.
There is no UN soldier without a helmet..
The UN general is not like the Communist boss who has prepared only for his
own personal safety. The UN boss doesn't waste his soldiers for his own
Why do you waste your life for a horrible boss who won't even give you a
helmet? Save your life. It is well known that the Communist troops are on
The red side reads:
"Save your life, desert! The Communists don't even give you a helmet. They
only give you a "bunk hat". It cannot protect you from a bullet. Your boss
doesn't care if you die. He doesn't have to worry; he isn't fighting in the
field. Your bosses just reap the benefits of your sacrifice.
Don't waste your life for the son of a bitch. Why do you waste your life for
your boss? Save your skin."
This is a Safe Conduct Pass. On the back is a 100 won ("baek won" in Korean on the left side of the central picture)
This leaflet reads: "Public confession is the heart of Communism." The connotation is that public confession is not good.
"Troops in the rear render meritorious service (then - loosely translated) by enjoying the good life."
"Many young North Korean men are
dying needlessly every day due to ever-increasing hardships. At the same
time they are becoming the slaves of the Chinese Communists."
Loosely translated this leaflet reads: "We thank all the armies (or troops, or forces - take
your pick) that are fighting for our country. Republic of Korea Army."
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--- A Very Special Thanks to Ray Jones for the Translations ---