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British Propaganda to France, 1940-1944Machinery, Method and Message$
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Tim Brooks

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625192

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625192.001.0001

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Machinery: Background, Planning and Departmental Organisation

Machinery: Background, Planning and Departmental Organisation

(p.7) 1 Machinery: Background, Planning and Departmental Organisation
British Propaganda to France, 1940-1944

Tim Brooks

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter describes machinery in order to show the creation and development of the British propaganda system, first presenting the background provided by the First World War and inter-war treatment of propaganda and its consequences on planning prior to 1939. It then discusses the development of the propaganda organisation after the outbreak of the Second World War. The legacy of First World War activities affected attitudes towards propaganda and influenced inter-war British planning. The establishment of Political Warfare Executive (PWE) was ‘the logical outcome of the initial lack of proper planning for enemy propaganda before World War Two broke out’. PWE's black propaganda to France was less offensive, but secrecy remained important. Different elements of 1930s planning were carried out in isolation from each other, so that only after the outbreak of the Second World War could the conflicts created be revealed and resolved.

Keywords:   machinery, British propaganda, First World War, Political Warfare Executive, Second World War, British planning, black propaganda, France

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