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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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Method: The Distribution of White Propaganda

Method: The Distribution of White Propaganda

(p.36) 2 Method: The Distribution of White Propaganda
British Propaganda to France, 1940-1944

Tim Brooks

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter deals with Air Ministry and Royal Air Force (RAF) attitudes, and costs, benefits and problems encountered with aerial dissemination, contrasting the RAF's claimed dropping record both with what the propagandists wanted and evidence from France concerning the reception of leaflets. The white propaganda broadcasting is also investigated. The Air Ministry sought to prevent the production of propaganda leaflets that would affect RAF prestige or aircrew morale. The RAF attitude to dissemination directly affected the type of propaganda leaflets produced. The RAF failed to drop leaflets over a large proportion of the targets that had been specified by the propagandists. Radio had the potential to be more influential than leaflets. In France, especially as the effects of war began to bite, it became increasingly important. Without a significant increase in the commitment shown by Bomber Command to nickelling, leaflets could not make much of a difference.

Keywords:   white propaganda, Air Ministry, Royal Air Force, aerial dissemination, France, propaganda leaflets, radio

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