Reference HO 199/393
Title BBC monitoring reports: extracts from anti-British broadcasts
Former Department Reference HSI: 155/1
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Information Services and Propaganda, Bombing and Attacks on the Population, Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes News and information channels, Publicity campaigns and initiatives
Document Types Film and Broadcast Transcripts
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide, Region 11: Scotland (Edinburgh HQ)
Locations Bulgaria, Germany, London, Soviet Union
Organisations Auxiliary Fire Service, British Broadcasting Corporation, British Trades Union Congress, Civil Defence Service, Royal Air Force


A file of propaganda broadcast transcripts from foreign radio stations aimed at the British public. Documents in the file include transcripts from the Workers' Challenge criticising the government's treatment of the working class and calling for workers to take action; transcripts of a German radio station reporting on shortages, Allied activities, and British P.O.W.s, and criticising the B.B.C.'s reports on air raids and air-raid precautions; and the New British Broadcasting Station's transcripts claiming that British financial collapse is imminent and reporting on firefighter casualties. Other documents in the file include transcripts of the Christian Peace Movement promoting pacifism by appealing to the faith of listeners; transcripts from Radio Caledonia aimed at Scottish listeners reporting on Bulgaria joining the Axis powers, and criticising B.B.C. censorship and ministers' claims; and a Soviet station's transcripts reporting on air-raid precautions in London, appealing for raw materials for the Soviet war effort and criticising Anglo-American control of the seas.


accommodation, air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid warnings, Aneurin Bevan, anti-aircraft defences, banking, bomb damage, British economy, British nationals abroad, censorship, children, Christmas, civilian casualties, Clement Attlee, coal, conscription, disease, draft evasion, electricity, employment, finance, fire services, fires, first aid, food processing, food shortages, food supplies, freight shipping, gas attacks, gas masks, holidays, housing, industrial accidents, industrial workers, industry, Labour Party, labour supply, lighting, meat, pacifism, poverty, prices, prisoners of war, propaganda, public demonstrations, radio, radio broadcasts, railway stations, rationing, raw materials, religion, rescue, roads, social class, standard of living, textiles, threat of invasion, tobacco, traffic, unemployment, water supply, welfare, Winston Churchill, wool

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