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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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‘Twelve Weeks of War’

‘Twelve Weeks of War’

(p.85) 2. ‘Twelve Weeks of War’
The War of Words

Asa Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains that Great Britain's sitzkrieg with Germany actually started on September 1, 1939, two days before Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's broadcast. It officially started when orders had been signalled to every transmitting station and studio of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to change over to war conditions. During this time, freedom of choice disappeared for home listeners because BBC was only broadcasting one programme related to the war.

Keywords:   sitzkrieg, Great Britain, Germany, Neville Chamberlain, transmitting station, war conditions, home listeners

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