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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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(p.156) Conclusion
British Propaganda to France, 1940-1944

Tim Brooks

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter mentions the key questions posed throughout this study and confronts the central question: was the British propaganda campaign directed at France between 1940 and 1944 an effective and well-directed use of resources? British propaganda machinery was not as efficient or well organised as it might have been, and certainly not before the formation of Political Warfare Executive in September 1941. The distribution methods and their effectiveness in ensuring how widely propaganda was received is perhaps the most crucial area of all: no matter how good the propaganda itself, without the means of delivery, it could have no impact. Propaganda created costs for the German and Vichy authorities. Leaflets were almost certainly used for that purpose – indeed, the German and Vichy authorities suggested that they should be.

Keywords:   British propaganda campaign, British propaganda machinery, Political Warfare Executive, German authority, Vichy authority, leaflets

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