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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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Britain and France

Britain and France

3. Britain and France
The War of Words

Asa Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on British broadcasting in France during the months of June and July 1940. It explains that during this period, there was a need for urgent action in relation to France, which passed quickly from friendship and alliance to non-belligerence and tacit hostility after the German blitzkrieg attack. It discusses the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) first use of the term French Armistice in its broadcast to France during this period. It also highlights Charles De Gaulle's decision to broadcast his message to Occupied France from London.

Keywords:   British broadcasting, France, German blitzkrieg, French Armistice, Charles De Gaulle

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