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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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Black Propaganda: Machinery, Method, Message and Reaction

Black Propaganda: Machinery, Method, Message and Reaction

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British Propaganda to France, 1940-1944

Tim Brooks

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter concentrates on black propaganda in order to assess its contribution to the overall propaganda effort for France. It also describes the machinery for the production of black propaganda, the methods of distribution, the messages it carried and reactions to it. It was reported that the production of ‘black’ leaflets diminished considerably in April 1944. Black propaganda could not be distributed in the same way as white propaganda. Aerial leaflets were definitely distributed using black techniques, both unchanged and miniaturised, specifically ‘for infiltration purposes’. As with the other elements of Political Warfare Executive (PWE)'s black propaganda work, the material available concerning rumours is patchy. Black leaflets, including the distribution of white leaflets using black techniques, had a potentially disruptive effect on the Germans or Vichy authorities. The contribution made by PWE's black radio stations broadcasting to France is more easily assessed.

Keywords:   black propaganda, black leaflets, France, Political Warfare Executive, radio stations, broadcasting

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