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calendar   Tuesday - February 23, 2010

History … WW2 and William Joyce

I haven’t a clue if this is available outside the UK.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/hawhaw/8924.

But it is very interesting.  Of course it would.  The BBC has perhaps the largest broadcast archive anywhere in the world. It might be rivaled by our own National Archives but I don’t know for certain.  I just do know from personal experience and once having been taken through the area where (before computers) they had all these billions of index cards.
So anyway, there are recordings and documents from the period of historical interest.  As I have just finished reading the story of William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw),
naturally I was thrilled to come across this site.  In reading the book, I was greatly surprised that Joyce was as well read as he was. True, he was a street brawler as well, but so were many on all sides.  It was just a surprising story and I found I was moved by his self inflicted plight. 

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If that isn’t too clear on your screen, here’s the printed version.

Dear Ogilvie,

We are getting rather a disturbing amount of reports from Public Relations Officers at Commands and from other sources which indicate that the Hamburg broadcasts in English are becoming a definite factor affecting public morale in this country. The transmissions are, I think you will agree, ingenious; and though the British public’s first reaction was one of amusement, I am not sure that the constant reiteration of Lord Haw-Haw is not having a bad effect.

There seem to us to be only two ways of countering Hamburg, namely:-

(i) To put on invariably at the Hamburg transmission times a compelling attraction in the B.B.C. home service; but I doubt whether this would be shock-proof.

(ii) To put on every evening after Lord Haw-Haw’s talk a British broadcast (possibly by a
humorist such as P.G. Wodehouse or Beechcomber) to caricature His Lordship.

3 times a day [handwriting in margin]

It is not for us to teach the B.B.C. its business, but I think you ought to know that we do take a rather serious view of the Hamburg propaganda.

Yours

[signed] Aylmer Vallance.

F.W. Ogilvie, Esq.,
British Broadcasting Corporation.


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