Reference HO 199/448
Title Daily memoranda prepared by Intelligence Branch for Ministry of Information
Former Department Reference HSI: 200/54
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Information Services and Propaganda, Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Public opinion and morale, Publicity campaigns and initiatives, Rumours and gossip, News and information channels
Document Types Memoranda
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Bermondsey, Brixton, Carlisle, Chelsea, Clapham, Eastbourne, Enfield, Fulham, Germany, Glasgow, Hendon, Ipswich, Kensington, Leeds, Lewes, London, Manchester, Newark-on-Trent, Northfleet, Reading, Sonning, Suffolk, Sussex, Tunbridge Wells, Wimbledon
Organisations British Broadcasting Corporation, Ministry of Information


A file containing daily memoranda on public morale and public opinion, prepared by the Intelligence Branch for the Ministry of Information. Topics discussed in the memoranda include the spread of rumours and their effect on public morale; the public's reactions to speeches by government officials; the use of propaganda; and complaints about the prices of goods and profiteering. Other topics discussed include the accuracy of reports of bombings; the morale of French soldiers in Britain; the public's entertainment and recreation activities; stories of British aircraft returning from Germany still carrying bombs; the awarding of two Victoria Crosses; the accuracy of facts given to the public in the press and on the radio; and complaints about the work of the Ministry of Information.


air force personnel, air raids, aircraft, air-raid precautions, air-raid wardens, Alfred Duff Cooper, aliens, awards, Belgian nationals, censorship, Daily Herald, enemy propaganda, entertainment, factories, fish, food supplies, Free French, French nationals, German nationals, hospitals, infrastructure, intelligence, Jews, Lord Halifax, meals, meat, newspapers, police, prices, prisoners of war, profiteering, propaganda, public opinion, race relations, radio broadcasts, refugees, religion, restaurants, rumours, soldiers, telephonic communications, theatre, vegetables

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