The flyer seeks to undermine the German military virtue of obstinacy arguing that to show such a quality when the war was clearly lost and Germany was in flames amounted to criminal indifference, apathy and short-sightedness. It accuses the German soldier directly of prolonging the war, stressing the hopelessness of Germany’s plight: thousands of bombs dropped daily, allied advances from East and West; millions homeless; thousands dying as refugees, and 50 nations at war with Germany. It states that every further day increased this misery. The leaflet praised the renowned qualities of German soldiers, their sense of duty to family and fatherland and their courage and initiative in war, but argued they should now collectively renounce these virtues in pursuit of the greater goal of peace and saving what remained of their country.
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