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There is a song inside the booklet entitled “Come Home” ( that tells of a wife pleading with her husband to come home by rallying in the Chieu Hoi program so that their family can be together again.

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In 1961, the Government of South Vietnam along with several U.S. advisors began the Strategic Hamlet Program, later revitalized as the New Life Hamlet Program, and finally revised into the Secure Hamlet Program. The new plan called for smaller communities (less than a thousand residents) erected on both existing and newly developed settlements. The GVN wanted to create a new infrastructure with the intention that the Vietnamese peasants would come to identify Diem and his regime as the legitimate government. In order to popularize the new Hamlets, songs such as the one depicted above were written and distributed among the people.


The following day I was called a third time by the BBC:

This Marching song is designed to inspire the Rural Development Cadre to develop the hamlets as a means of serving the people and help in transforming the nation. Printed by the Joint U.S. Public Affairs Office (JUSPAO)


[Author: now we know where all that elevator music got its name].

Bowie wrote the song “Heroes” while living Berlin for three years in the 1970s. While at the Hansa Studios in West Berlin, next to the border where East German guards had shoot-to-kill orders, he spied a young couple kissing. The scene gave rise to the song’s lyrics:

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David Bowie died on 10 January 2016. The following day the German Foreign Minister thanked the British music legend for what he called his role in helping topple the Berlin Wall in 1989:

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The Crusade for Europe was a CIA sponsored group that broadcast and sent leaflets by balloons into during the 1950s. The radio campaign was run by Radio Free Europe and the leaflet campaign was run by Free Press. Most of the leaflets were just long political text in the European tradition. However, on rare occasions the FEP did something different and in 1955 they produced a calendar for that contained comments for every month of the year. Many were satirical, for instance we find under January:

Two songs from Songs of the BBC

I cannot guess the meaning of that song but suspect that the Czechs would have recognized corrupt new Communist politicians taking office, making money and they stealing from each other.

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This North Korean Cold War propaganda leaflet coded 0-0583 depicts five individuals looking toward a beautiful sky. Curiously, this song was apparently popular enough that it was placed on entitled “DPRK Music 03.” The text is:

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The American public was probably introduced to the use of music in psychological operations in the movie , when Colonel Kilgore ordered his pilot to “Put on PSYWAR Ops, make it loud Shall we dance?” and for the first time we heard the stirring notes of Richard Wagner’s “The Ride of the Valkyries” as the American First Cavalry attacked a Viet Cong occupied village with machinegun fire and rockets.