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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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Reaction: The Impact of White Propaganda

Reaction: The Impact of White Propaganda

(p.107) 4 Reaction: The Impact of White Propaganda
British Propaganda to France, 1940-1944

Tim Brooks

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers the reactions of the French people, the Vichy authorities and the Germans to British white propaganda. The methods of distribution used by ordinary French people to further circulate British propaganda, the means employed by the authorities in France to prevent them and more general views about propaganda are explained. It seems unlikely that the Vichy postal censors opened all correspondence, so some may have got through simply by chance. The evidence of collection and circulation shows that the leaflets were carried out covertly. The evidence from France was almost entirely favourable in its judgement of leaflet propaganda and British Broadcasting Corporation broadcasts. German and Vichy French measures to prevent people from reading, collecting, hearing and circulating British propaganda indicate the authorities' fears about the pervasive influence that it could have.

Keywords:   British white propaganda, France, Vichy postal censors, British Broadcasting Corporation, leaflets, Vichy authorities

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