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Lord Haw-Haw | The Nazi broadcaster who threatened Britain

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William Joyce, aka Lord Haw-Haw, was a notorious broadcaster of Nazi propaganda to the UK during World War II. His announcement 'Germany calling, Germany calling' was a familiar sound across the airwaves, introducing threats and misinformation that he broadcast from his Hamburg base.

In 1945, Joyce was captured and returned to Britain, where he was later hanged for treason. This collection features some of his broadcasts and interviews with those who knew him. Wartime documents reveal the fear caused by Lord Haw-Haw and how the BBC worked to counteract his propaganda.

Lord Haw-Haw Collection

The Graf Spee.

Propaganda Broadcast from Germany

Lord Haw-Haw

RECORDED 1940
34 SECONDS

Nazi propaganda about the sinking of the Graf Spee.

Nazi propaganda.

Propaganda Broadcast from Germany

Lord Haw-Haw

RECORDED 1940
1 MINUTE

'Germany does not intend to attack the Balkans.'

The BBC Monitoring Unit.

War in the Ether

The Ear of Britain

BROADCAST 1940
37 MINUTES

How the BBC kept watch on propaganda.

The Altmark.

Propaganda Broadcast from Germany

Lord Haw-Haw

RECORDED 1940
30 SECONDS

Lord Haw-Haw mocks Winston Churchill.

Lord Haw-Haw.

Propaganda Broadcast from Germany

Lord Haw-Haw

RECORDED 1940
30 SECONDS

Lord Haw-Haw mocks British fear of German bombs.

A mine washed up on the coast.

Propaganda Broadcast from Germany

Lord Haw-Haw

RECORDED 1940
2 MINUTES

'British and French plans to lay mines in Norwegian waters are brutal.'

German soldiers keeping watch over Oslo harbour after the invasion of Norway in 1940.

Propaganda Broadcast from Germany

Lord Haw-Haw

RECORDED 1940
2 MINUTES

Propaganda supporting Germany's invasion of Denmark and Norway.

Hugh Carleton Greene.

BBC Close-Up

Calling Germany

BROADCAST 1943
14 MINUTES

Broadcasting to Germany during the war.

William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) on a stretcher after being wounded during capture.

Propaganda Broadcast from Germany

Lord Haw-Haw

RECORDED 1945
10 MINUTES

The final propagandist recording by Lord Haw-Haw before Germany surrendered.

The German military passport of William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw).

Home News

William Joyce: Dismissal of Appeal

RECORDED c. 1945
4 MINUTES

A BBC report from the High Court on an appeal.

Felix Felton in 1939.

What Did You Do in the War Felix?

BROADCAST 1971
39 MINUTES

Felix Felton describes an exiled, wartime BBC.

Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister, broadcasting on the radio.

The World at One

Richard Kupsch

BROADCAST 1978
4 MINUTES

A German propagandist is interviewed on his colleague, Lord Haw-Haw.

Tuning in to the wireless.

Germany Calling

The War in the Ether

BROADCAST 1991
29 MINUTES

Lord Haw-Haw and German propaganda broadcasts during World War II.

Tuning in to the wireless.

Germany Calling

The Voice of the Nazi

BROADCAST 1991
30 MINUTES

Fellow propaganda broadcasters recall working with William Joyce.

William Joyce, aka Lord Haw-Haw.

Saturday Live

Heather Piercey

BROADCAST 2009
12 MINUTES

An interview with Lord Haw-Haw's daughter.

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