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The War of WordsThe History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom: Volume III$
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Asa Briggs

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780192129567

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129567.001.0001

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‘Sounds of War’

‘Sounds of War’

(p.279) 1. ‘Sounds of War’
The War of Words

Asa Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the pattern of broadcasting after the autumn of 1940 and the second winter of the World War 2. It discusses how broadcasting responded to Germany's victory in East Africa and Iraq and to the deployment of German troops to North Africa in February 1941. It highlights Haw-Haws' decision to reveal his true identity to the British public as being William Joyce and describes the government's reaction to learning Haw-Haw's identity. It mentions the British government's disappointment with the British Broadcasting Corporation for failing to provide an up-to-date war broadcast which led British audience to listen to Haw-Haw.

Keywords:   broadcasting, World War 2, Germany, William Joyce, British government

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