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yep, this is offensive (duh, water is wet too).....i'm sure texaco was just being 'patriotic' at the 'offensive' tag!

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I've often wondered when I see these types of ads: exactly what was the average, everyday, John or Jane Doe supposed to know that would help the Axis in any way? I doubt they knew the ins and outs of troop movements, for example, or knew about D-Day or the atomic bomb ahead of time.
They could have information about the movements of their own family members that were in the service, or could be doing war work building bombsights or radar components or something. Bits and pieces of the bigger puzzle, that intelligence agents could accumulate and start to put together.
Letters home from troops were often censored to remove any potentially sensitive information, including locations. But I understand the part about war work. That could be useful to the enemy.
Very true about the censorship. I was thinking more of, say, a relative who'd been home on leave, or had just finished boot camp and was about to ship out for the first time.