Part I -- Psychological Warfare

1. Below is a copy of the first leaflet (AB-11) which was dropped on Japanese cities in conjunctiont with the Atomic Bomb.

Warning leaflet (in Japanese)


"America asks that you take immediate heed of what we say on this leaflet.

"We are in possession of the most destructive explosive ever devised by man. A sdingle one of our newly developed atomic bombs in actually the equivalent in explosive power to what 2000 ofour giant B-29's can carry on a single mission. This awful fact is one for you to ponder and we solemly assure you it is grimly accurate.

"We have just begun to use this weapon against your homeland. If you still have any doubt, make inquiry as to what happened to Hiroshima when just one atomic bomb fell on that city.

"Before using this bomb to destroy every resource of the military by which they are prolonging this useless war, we ask that you now petition the Emperor toend the war. Our President has outlined for you thye thirteen consequences of an honorable surrender: We urge that you accept these consequences and being the work of building anew, better, and peace-loving Japan.

"You should take steps now to cease military resistance. Otherwise, we shall resolutely emply this bomb and all our other superior weapons to promptly and forcefully end the war."


Transcribed and formatted by Patrick Clancey, HyperWar Foundation