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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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Attack by Radio

Attack by Radio

2. Attack by Radio
The War of Words

Asa Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights the role of radio broadcasting in the success of Germany's blitzkrieg attack in western Europe. Many analysts attributed the success of the blitzkrieg to the success of the German broadcasting machine and in particular to the skilful tactics employed in the defeat of France. This chapter explains the reasons behind the success of Germany's radio propaganda including the role of radio broadcaster Paul Ferdonnet, called ‘the traitor of Stuttgart’.

Keywords:   radio broadcasting, Germany, blitzkrieg, western Europe, France, Paul Ferdonnet

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