Desert Storm surrender leaflets


March 7, 2012, 02:55 PM
I know that this topic is a little off, but I thought that y'all would like to see them.

I picked these, and more, up in 1991 during Desert Storm. The US dropped these all over the Iraqi lines to get them to give up. I took a few of them from POWs.
If you look close at some of them you will see what appeares to be mold, but in fact it is spots of oil.
The ones that are more worne and tattered were dropped early in the war.
I have been told that most people have never seen these.

B52 Bomber leaflet, back and front.

Here are two that I know few have ever seen. I picked these up in the bunker of an Iraqi officer. These are leaflets printed up by the Iraqis.

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March 7, 2012, 02:58 PM
I've read of these but never actually seen one. Interesting.

March 7, 2012, 09:13 PM
Haha! I like the incorrect grammar on the last one! I wish I could read Arabic. I'd like to know what some of these say

March 7, 2012, 09:15 PM
God, those timeless B-52's...What a work horse!!!

Sure wish we had a translation on the literature that was dropped on the Iraqi soldiers.
That would be entertaining.

March 8, 2012, 03:17 AM

Check out the web site above; the man that runs it does a great job of cataloging the PSYOP prodcuts he's been able to procure, translating, history, etc. Some of the leaflets you have appear there if you wish to learn more about them.

March 8, 2012, 07:25 AM
Thanks for the link psyopspec.
I have had these since 1991. It's nice to know what some of them say.

March 10, 2012, 10:41 AM
Rough translation for the B-52 leaflet is along the lines of:

"Tomorrow the bombers will annihilate your current location. If you surrender you will be treated well and returned to your family. If you do not surrender, you will be killed." The reverse is instructions on how to surrender.

Another interesting one was dropped on two Republican Guard units shortly after a BLU-82 Daisy Cutter was dropped right between the two units' locations. It read something to the effect of "Your sister unit has just been obliterated by the world's largest conventional bomb. Tomorrow you are next. Surrender or die." Both units surrendered to a man with no further shot fired or munitions employed.

Double Naught Spy
March 10, 2012, 12:58 PM
Very cool. Thanks for sharing.

March 10, 2012, 01:54 PM
hahahahaha those are amazing great bit of history, thanks for sharing.

March 10, 2012, 06:28 PM
Hey sometimes they use loud sounds

March 11, 2012, 03:10 PM
Thanks Gunny for sharing! I spent Desert Shield/Storm steaming in "boxes" in the Red Sea aboard the USS John F. Kennedy CV-67. The only action we saw was the launches of our aircraft to drop ordinance on the bad guys! I signed a few gravity bombs and cluster bombs that didn't come back but that was the closest I actually got to the action. Thank you for your service!

March 13, 2012, 07:23 AM
You are one of the lucky ones.

"Victory is for the Nations and Glory is for the Generals.
There is no ture glory for the men that fight.
For those that survive the horrors of war, there is pain. Some will have scars that all the world can see, but all will carry scars upon their hearts and souls.
For those that die, there is peace in the end."- GySgt G.L.Bihm USMC

I remember going 42 days without being able to that a bath or shower. A day or two after the ground war ended I got two buckets and a 5 gal. can of water to take a bath and clean my cammies. The water was black when I was done. About a week later I was able to take a shower.

March 13, 2012, 07:50 AM
Hello friends and neighbors // My cousin talked of these but I have not seen any, thanks for posting them.

I love the way a picture can cross culture/language lines ,especially Sadam in a broken tank surrounded by the rest of the worlds gun barrels. I'm sure that stirred up some doubt in his supporters.

4v50 Gary
March 13, 2012, 09:24 AM
Pysops - the humane way to prevent bloodshed.

BTW- I also like the Iraqi propaganda with the coffins.

March 14, 2012, 02:52 PM
Gatta love propaganda warfare, it sure worked for us, kill a soldier and they replace him within seconds, kill their moral and you won't have an enemy left to fight.

March 14, 2012, 03:03 PM
Awesome, thanks for sharing. I'll have to show these to my son later.

1911 guy
March 15, 2012, 09:11 AM
Our pilots carried little pocket sized cards written in arabic. They said anyone returning a downed pilot to coalition forces would be rewarded. One of our pilots ejected due to engine failure. Said his biggest problem on the ground was stomaching the tea and food the locals gave him before they stufed him in a truck and drove toward Kuwait.

March 16, 2012, 05:48 PM
Pilots carry a "pointee talkie" and a blood chit in their survival kit. The "pointee talkie" has a bunch of useful phrases in all the local languages so the pilot can simply point at the phrase he wants and the answers are typically "yes" or "no" and nodding and shaking the head are universal.

The blood chit is a promise of reward for providing aid written in several languages with "vouchers" in the corners that the pilot would cut off and give to the locals assisting them as proof that they were the ones deserving the reward.

March 17, 2012, 12:14 PM
nodding and shaking the head are universal

Not quite and the differences in different cultures can result in more than embarrassment. It is always smart to learn whether a lifting of the chin that then drops is a nod "yes" or actually "no" as it is in many countries.

As a civilian on my first trip I carried 3 pointy-talkie cards with me (one had a map on the back) at all times to help avoid any confusion.

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