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Courrier de L'air

From The Great War 1914-1918

Courrier de L'air: The propaganda journal issued from April 1917, to November 1918, at Adastral House, London, to give people in occupied territories in France and Belgium accurate news of the war from the Allied side. It also contained extracts from German Socialist papers, suppressed in Germany, containing news of the discontent and privations there. It was dropped by aeroplanes at first, and later, owing to the maltreatment by the enemy of airmen captured while on their errands, distributed by means of paper hydrogen balloons, released whenever the wind served. The Germans inflicted a £150 fine on any person found in possession of the "Courrier de L'air." [1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.65.

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