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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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Message: The Content of White Propaganda

Message: The Content of White Propaganda

(p.58) 3 Message: The Content of White Propaganda
British Propaganda to France, 1940-1944

Tim Brooks

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter establishes whether the different forms of British white propaganda were consistent. The print and broadcast treatment of a series of key events ranging from the British attack upon the French fleet at Mers-el-Kébir to the D-Day landings in Normandy are compared. The internal planning by Department Electra House, Special Operations Executive propaganda section, Political Warfare Executive and the British Broadcasting Corporation is also evaluated. The propagandists divided the French into three: the apathetic, the anti-British and the pro-British. Adolf Hitler's invasion of the USSR caused pro-Soviet feeling to sweep through Great Britain. Leaflets continued to be dropped after D-Day, but their role was limited. The British propaganda organisations overcame the issues that they encountered, whether these came from objectives bringing them into conflict with other bodies prosecuting the war effort or arose from problems encountered in what propaganda had to report.

Keywords:   British white propaganda, British attack, Mers-el-Kébir, D-Day, Department Electra House, Special Operations Executive, Political Warfare Executive, British Broadcasting Corporation, Adolf Hitler

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