Signal (magazine)

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Signal Logo.jpg
Logo of Signal magazine
Type Propaganda publication
Format Biweekly magazine
Owner(s) German Wehrmacht
Publisher Deutscher Verlag
Editor Giselher Wirsing (1943-1945)
Founded April 1940
Political alignment Far-right
Language German, English, French, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Spanish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Swedish, Croatian, Romanian, Arabic, Persian, Portuguese, Turkish, Greek, Finnish, Serbian, Slovak, Russian, Polish, Estonian, Latvian
Ceased publication April 1945
Headquarters Berlin, Germany
Circulation 2,500,000 (1943)

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


Signal was a modern, 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 and to various countries with a strong German military presence, 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.

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

External links[edit]

  • 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)