A North Carolina politician has apologised after a campaign leaflet meant to tout his support for US troops featured a photo of Second World War re-enactors dressed as German soldiers.
The political consulting firm that produced the campaign piece for Democratic state representative Tim Spear said it was solely responsible for the mistake.
The campaign planned to send the flier to about 10,000 homes in Mr Spear's coastal district.
It said the politician was "Covering Our Soldiers' Backs", but the photo showed the backs of four advancing re-enactors in German army uniforms.
Account executive Mike Brown at Washington-based MSHC Partners said the firm's art department thought the photo captured Mr Spear's message - but no-one noticed it showed the wrong kind of troops.