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WWII: The Soviet Union Joins the Allies | Reporting the uneasy alliance made with Stalin's Russia

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Strange relationships are formed by war, not least that of the USSR and Great Britain in WWII.

The invasion of Russia by Nazi Germany in 1941 shattered their formerly expedient pact and sent the USSR into the arms of the West. Following on from the series 'World War II: Behind Closed Doors', which examines the controversial dealings of political leaders as events overtook them, we look at the ramifications of those dealings for the BBC. This collection reveals some of the pressures on the BBC as it sought to balance the wartime need for propaganda with unrestricted reporting of the news.

WWII: The Soviet Union Joins the Allies Collection

Record and transcribing equipment from 1945.

Sir Walter Monckton, Director General of the Ministry

BROADCAST 1941
6 MINUTES

The Director General of the Ministry of Information speaks on its wartime role.

Close up picture of Joseph Stalin.

Anglo-Soviet Agreement

BROADCAST 1941
2 MINUTES

The Home Service interrupts its programming to make a special announcement.

Crowd listen to Maisky in front of newly manufactured WWII tank named Stalin.

Ivan Mikhailovich Maisky

RECORDED 1941
7 MINUTES

The Soviet Ambassador praises British workers for 'Tanks for Russia' week.

Sir Anthony Eden sitting in front of a BBC microphone.

News Postscript

Rt Hon Anthony Eden, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

BROADCAST 1942
8 MINUTES

The British Foreign Secretary travels to Moscow as Germany invades Russia.

Sir Stafford Cripps sitting in front of a BBC microphone.

Sir Stafford Cripps

BROADCAST 1942
7 MINUTES

Colonel Britton introduces a broadcast to the occupied territories by Ambassador Sir Stafford Cripps.

Close up shot of branches in a Forest.

In Honour of Russia

Reginald Watson-Jones

BROADCAST 1943
6 MINUTES

A member of the RAF's medical staff visits war-torn Moscow.

Woman in full length coat walking through snow towards convent in Moscow.

In Honour of Russia

Mary Lane

BROADCAST 1943
4 MINUTES

A former British resident of Moscow describes life there during the war.

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