Reference HO 199/384
Title British radio and leaflet propaganda: correspondence
Former Department Reference HSI: 137A
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Information Services and Propaganda
Subthemes Publicity campaigns and initiatives, Rumours and gossip
Document Types Official Correspondence, Film and Broadcast Transcripts, Advertisements, Pamphlets, and Posters
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide, Region 12: South Eastern (Tunbridge Wells HQ)
Locations France, Germany, London, Reading, United States of America
Organisations British Broadcasting Corporation, Royal Air Force


A file of documents relating to British foreign-language propaganda. Subjects covered in the file include the need to compete with German propaganda; the criticism of British troops and the glorification of German troops in German propaganda for the Germans; the need for dropped British foreign-language leaflets to be returned to the authorities in the U.K.; and a warning to the French to prepare for the Allied invasion. Documents in the file include a French-language proclamation to colonial troops warning against rumours; a British broadcast script for the United States concerning munitions production and morale; an American broadcast in Dutch for Dutch speakers concerning British invasion contingencies; Dutch newspaper clippings concerning the German bombing of England; and British German-language leaflets to counter German propaganda and demoralise German troops, including the discrediting of German promises and a map detailing the places that the British have bombed in Germany.


air raids, aircraft, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, bomb damage, censorship, civilian casualties, colonies, communications, culture, Dutch language, English language, Evening Standard, film, fire services, French language, German language, industrial production, industry, literature, military operations, munitions, munitions industry, music, newspapers, Normandy landings, police, posters, propaganda, public morale, publications, radio, radio broadcasts, ration books, rationing, rumours, soldiers, theatre, threat of invasion, volunteers

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