WWII: Dunkirk Evacuation | How the 'little ships' helped rescue the Allied troops
Copy to: (H), A.C. (H)
Note by C.(O)
1st June 1940
D.M.I. (General Beaumont-Nesbitt) rang me personally about 11.0 a.m. with reference to an incident in the use of an eyewitness from Havre on the preceding evening.
He said that they had "taken a chance" in allowing this, and that a passage expressly erased at the request of the Admiralty from the script as they had approved it had notwithstanding been broadcast.
This placed them in a very difficult position and might well prevent further material of the sort.
I promised to look into the matter, and at his request to ring him again personally so that he might be armed in case e.g. the Admiralty came on to him about it. He spoke of Colonel Neville as knowing the details of the incident. I rang A.C. (H) who promised to enquire and let me know for D.M.I. the result of his enquiries. A.C.(H) afterwards reported that C.(H) was looking into the matter.
C.(H) spoke to D.M.I. from my room before 1.0 p.m. He explained the position as ascertained to date but still requiring points from Stubbs, not yet available. He emphasised that the rule about submitting all such military material for War Office approval was well understood here, and mentioned the value of this material for morale purposes.
(Sgd.) S.G. Tallents.
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Document Type | Internal Memo
01 June 1940
A note by the BBC's Overseas Controller shows how General Beaumont-Nesbitt (the Director of Military Intelligence) queried why a news report included an account by an eyewitness from Le Havre, France, when the Admiralty had requested that it should be removed.
Sir Stephen Tallents joined the BBC in 1936 as Controller (Public Relations) and later became Director General Designate of the shadow Ministry of Information (1938-39). At the time of the Dunkirk evacuation, in May 1940, he was made Controller (Overseas) and AP Ryan became Controller (Home). Tallents and Ryan had extensive knowledge of both the BBC and the shadow Ministry of Information.
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