What forms of propaganda did the Japanese use to motivate their troops fighting on Iwo Jima?

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The Japanese used a lot of propaganda during the Second World War to motivate both their military and civilian populations. The overarching theme of most of this messaging was to emphasize Japanese superiority over their adversaries. The information was distributed in many forms, which included:

  • Radio
  • News Reels
  • Newspapers
  • Pamphlets

In the case of Iwo Jima, they needed to motivate their soldiers to fight against a superior military force (the U.S) while at an overwhelming disadvantage. The messaging was two pronged, targeting both American and Japanese soldiers. The message for the Americans was meant to demoralize them and make it look like their mission was futile. While the messages for their own troops were meant to assure them of victory and of the inherent inferiority of the opposing forces.



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