WWII: The Battle of Britain | Memories of 'Britain's finest hour'
BBC ARCHIVE DOCUMENT 1940
August 7th, 1940
Dear Air Marshal Joubert,
We are so glad to know that you will broadcast in the Empire programmes about the money gifts with which to buy aeroplanes, that have been sent in from different parts of the Empire.
We are particularly glad that you have agreed to give the broadcast, because unless the speaker is a good broadcaster, the talk could rapidly degenerate into a dreary catalogue.
It is obvious that we have got to refer to every part of the Empire which has sent in gifts. You can imagine the hurt feelings if a small town which has contributed is left out.
I was wondering if you could approach the talk from a somewhat poetic angle - some of the names of the places will sound poetic, and perhaps you could describe what it feels like, sitting in the Air Ministry in London, to know that you have the goodwill and interest of all those far-away places. Some of the contributions have really been remarkable, for the places concerned are, comparatively speaking, poor, and it must have meant a great sacrifice on the part of the individuals who made up the sums.
I think I have, in fact, made it clear that we don't mind how full of "Purple patches" the talk is! It seems to me that, in order to make an interesting broadcast, you would have to have the full 14 minutes.
I understand you are not free to broadcast until after the 15th, but perhaps you would let me ring up to fix a date 2 or 3 days ahead, so that we can announce that you will be replying to all those parts of the Empire that have contributed to buy aeroplanes.
We are indeed grateful to you for undertaking this talk.
Air Marshal Sir Philip Joubert, K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O.,
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Document Type | Letter
07 August 1940
Donations of money to buy aircraft have come from all corners of the Empire, including those that can least afford it. In this letter, the Air Ministry continues its discussion with the BBC about the best way of acknowledging Britain's gratitude.
Sir Philip Bennet Joubert de la Ferte, to give him his full name, was heavily decorated for his service during World War I and was appointed Assistant Chief of Staff with special responsibility for the practical application of radar at the outbreak of World War II. Joubert was an early champion of radar and realised its great possibilities in both defence and attack. He was often called upon to broadcast about the progress of the war in the air because he had a natural talent for speaking and his transmissions regularly drew large audiences.
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