Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Name

Military History

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Jon Mikolashek


The following is a history of psychological warfare tactics as seen in the papers of Edward Lilly, former historian of the Office of War Information. The study considers Lilly’s position in the OWI during World War II and the subsequent collection of papers he gathered on the topic after the war. The study includes a discussion of military policy in World War II as it pertains to psychological warfare and the how that appears in the draft chapters of Lilly’s unpublished writings. The examination discusses the creation of psychological warfare tactics, as well as the men who made the decisions. The Edward Lilly papers are by no means a complete history of psychological warfare in World War II, but rather a specific window into the innovations of psychological warfare employed by the U.S. military to defeat the Axis powers in Europe.



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