London: J. L. Shepherd; BUF Trust LTD., 1939. Original documents. Loose leaf. Octavo. 1 page, 4 pp. Tan and gray leaflets with black lettering on cover, protected by modern mylar. Two propaganda leaflets by the British Union of Fascists (BUF), a political party formed by Oswald Mosely in 1932. There were changes in name in 1936 to British Union of Fascists and National Socialists, and in 1937 to British Union. It was banished and disbanded following the outbreak of World War II. The press Baron Lord Rothermere was one of the early aristocrat supporters of the party and it attracted a sizable following of about 50,000 members. During the antifascist Olympia protests in 1934 the crowd was attacked by the paramilitary wing of the BUF, the Fascist Defense Force. This lead increasingly to violent antifascist protests, most memorable the East End march (The Battle of Cable Street), and in 1936 to the Public Order Act, banning political uniforms like those of the "Blackshirts" of the BUF. Growing British hostility towards Nazi Germany was echoed in the British press and contributed increasingly to the decline of the BUF and finally, after the outbreak of World War II., it was banned in 1940.
1. One page (81/4 x 5 1/2"). Published by J. L. Shepherd. "UP BRITAIN STOP WAR! Call to remember the millions murdered in 1914 the leaflet reminds the British people to think about dying for countries like Poland, Romania and "other little European states where Jewish financiers have invested their money. Who massed profit in the last war – Who will gain by another?" It evokes the British people to stop the "Mad Drive to War" and suggests to "Mind Britains Business. Unite with Mosely for Britain, Peace and People. Printed on front side only.
2. 4pp. (7 1/4 x 5"). British Union Policy. Ten Points by Oswald Mosely. Published by the BUF Trust LTD. Programatic rendering by the leader of the British Union of Fascists. Content: 1. Patriotism & Revolution; 2. Action; 3. British Union Movement; 4. The Corporate State; 5. Work and Wages; 6. The Empire and Peace; 7. Export Trade; 8. Agriculture; 9, British Credit and Jewish Finance; 10. Leadership and Liberty. This small leaflet contains an explanation of the flash and circle symbol of the BUF, and various advertisements for Mosely publications, the BUF weekly ACTION and entices the reader to request a list of BUF publications and provides a form to join the British Union as an active or non-active member. Very good condition. Item #47811