Lord Haw-Haw | The Nazi broadcaster who threatened Britain
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 09 May 1991
DURATION | 29 minutes 15 seconds
Reporter Denys Blakeway explores the role and effects of German propaganda broadcasts during World War II, most notably those by Lord Haw-Haw. Various contributors share their views and memories, including ordinary British citizens who tuned in to listen for the thrill of experiencing contact with the enemy. Leading historian Asa Briggs also sheds light on the reasons for Lord Haw-Haw's popularity, and reveals how (governmental) changes made to the BBC on the outbreak of war unwittingly contributed to this.
Hitler believed strongly in propaganda, as stated in his book 'Mein Kampf', and there was talk of 'fighting on the battlefields of the mind' by the Nazis. The British government and, notably, the BBC were less keen to distort the truth. In fact, the BBC preferred to use entertainment to boost morale and discussion to inform as stated in a letter by the Director-General at the time. However, radio played a vital role and became a 'weapon' such as had never been experienced in warfare before. Consequently, World War II is also known as 'the war of words'.
Nazi propaganda about the sinking of the Graf Spee.
'Germany does not intend to attack the Balkans.'
How the BBC kept watch on propaganda.
Lord Haw-Haw mocks Winston Churchill.
Lord Haw-Haw mocks British fear of German bombs.
'British and French plans to lay mines in Norwegian waters are brutal.'
Propaganda supporting Germany's invasion of Denmark and Norway.
Broadcasting to Germany during the war.
The final propagandist recording by Lord Haw-Haw before Germany surrendered.
A BBC report from the High Court on an appeal.
Felix Felton describes an exiled, wartime BBC.
A German propagandist is interviewed on his colleague, Lord Haw-Haw.
Lord Haw-Haw and German propaganda broadcasts during World War II.
Fellow propaganda broadcasters recall working with William Joyce.
An interview with Lord Haw-Haw's daughter.
A memo outlines the decrease in listeners to BBC radio.
Action must be taken against Lord Haw-Haw.
Oliver Baldwin writes to a senior British diplomat about the Haw-Haw problem.
The BBC's Director-General writes to the government's Director of Propaganda in Enemy Countries.
Who is listening to Hamburg propaganda and when?
A BBC Director-General disagrees with his predecessor.
Lord Haw-Haw is a risk to military morale.
The Ministry of Information's policy on British propaganda.
An enquiry about one of Cadbury's chocolate factories.
Fry's chocolate factory is not about to be bombed.
Haw-Haw rumours are spreading across Britain.
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