Signal (magazine)

Signal was a magazine published by the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany from 1940 through 1945.

Signal
Signal Logo
Logo of the magazine
TypePropaganda publication
FormatBiweekly magazine
Owner(s)Wehrmacht
PublisherDeutscher Verlag on behalf of Wehrmacht Propaganda Troops
FoundedApril 1940
Language26 European languages
Ceased publicationApril 1945
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
Circulation2,500,000 (1943)

Summary

Signal was a glossy, illustrated photo journal and army propaganda tool, meant specifically for audiences in neutral, allied, and occupied countries. A German edition was distributed in Switzerland, Axis countries, and German-occupied Europe, but Signal was never distributed in Germany proper.

The promoter of the magazine was the chief of the Wehrmacht Propaganda Troops, Colonel Hasso von Wedel. Signal was published fortnightly (plus some special issues) in as many as 25 editions and 30 languages, and at its height had a circulation of 2,500,000 copies. It was available in the United States in English until December 1941. The last number was 6/45, only known in one sample from the Swedish edition.

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Wehrmacht troops viewing issues of Signal at a newspaper stand in Palermo, Sicily, 1941

See also

  • Der Adler - Luftwaffe equivalent
  • Kriegsmarine (magazine) - German Navy equivalent
  • Die Wehrmacht - Covering all the armed services

Further reading

  • Rainer Rutz: "Signal". Eine deutsche Auslandsillustrierte als Propagandainstrument im Zweiten Weltkrieg Klartext, Essen 2007. ISBN 978-3-89861-720-8 (German)
  • Klaus-Richard Böhme, Bosse Schön: Signal Nazitysklands Propaganda i Sverige 1941-45, Bokförlaget DN, Stockholm 2005. ISBN 91-7588-540-9 (Swedish)
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