Original Title: A sombra de Rommel - A ordem secreta de Auchinleck
Pronunciation: In the shadow of Rommel - A secret order from Auchinleck
TYPE: Leaflet
DIMENSIONS: 11.75 x 8.5 inches.
ITEM ID: 5347
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German Propaganda Leaflet in Portuguese

PRONUNCIATION: In the shadow of Rommel - A secret order from Auchinleck
DATE
Decade: 1940s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: Circa 1942

In the Shadow of Rommel a WWII propaganda leaflet with a drawing of Rommel towering over British Army commander Claude Auchinleck.

The reverse shows a letter allegedly written by Auchinleck and found by German troops, translated into Portuguese: ‘…real danger of our friend Rommel becoming bogey man to our troops…..he is not a superman. stop talking of Rommel when we mean the enemy in Libya…the matter is psuchologically [sic] very important.…P.S. I am not jealous of Rommel!’

This leaflet would have probably been printed in 1942 when Rommel’s Africa Corps was still inflicting defeats on the British army in North Africa. The Portuguese government during WWII was under the control of the dictator Salazar who, though pro fascist in ideology, kept Portugal neutral as the Allies and Axis fought.