Reference HO 199/435
Title Public reaction to air force news: observations on Ministry of Information report
Former Department Reference HSI: 200/15/1
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Information Services and Propaganda, Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Public opinion and morale, News and information channels
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Dover, Germany
Organisations Air Council, Air Ministry, British Broadcasting Corporation, Ministry of Information, Royal Air Force


A file containing documents concerning public reactions to the broadcasting of news relating to aerial warfare and the Royal Air Force. Documents in the file include the results of a public survey on the topic; notes on a comparison with German radio broadcasting on the activities of the Luftwaffe; and official correspondence giving opinions on the results of the survey and its usefulness. Topics covered by the documents include details of aerial operations; the reaction to an eyewitness B.B.C. report of a battle over Dover; the public's knowledge of key figures in the Air Ministry; and issues with the questions used for the survey. Other topics covered include the language used in broadcasting; the accuracy of German reports on air raids in Britain; and the targets of German air raids.


air raids, aircraft, Battle of Britain, bomb damage, enemy propaganda, infrastructure, newspapers, propaganda, public opinion, radio, radio broadcasts, statistics, surveys, Winston Churchill

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