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British Propaganda to France, 1940-1944

Machinery, Method and Message

Tim Brooks

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This book examines the important issue of British propaganda to France during the Second World War and aims to show the value of the propaganda campaign to the British war effort.

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Contents

Preface
Introduction: British propaganda in the Second World War
Chapter One: Machinery - background, planning and departmental organisation
Chapter Two: Method - the distribution of white propaganda
Chapter Three: Message - what white propaganda said
Chapter Four: Reaction - the impact of white propaganda
Chapter Five: Machinery, method, message and reaction - black propaganda
Conclusion
Notes
Map Appendix
Bibliography
Annexes

About the Author

Tim Brooks is REF Manager in Research, Development and Commercial Services at Anglia Ruskin University

Reviews

A highly readable account of a very fascinating story.
- Dr Simon Kitson, University of Birmingham
Brooks carefully charts the need forpropaganda to France, examines how the machineryof government was set up to produce it, how it wasdistributed, what was said, and what impact it had.As such, the book provides a valuable addition to ourunderstanding of the use of propaganda duringWorldWar II.
- Martin Moore, H-Net
Brooks has done a great job of exploring British propaganda efforts regarding France between 1940 and 1944. He discusses the broader implications of their work for the campaign in France, and for the war in general, and uses those implications to validate his thesis that British propaganda to France served a useful purpose. Consequently, this book makes an important contribution to Second World War scholarship and is a valuable resource for intelligence historians interested in counter-intelligence activities.
- Mary Kathryn Barbier, Mississippi State University, War in History
Highly informative and thoughtfully argued, this is the first book in English to focus uniquely on British propaganda to France in the Second World War. Covering radio broadcasts as well as printed leaflets, Brooks analyses in detail how propaganda material was created and distributed but, more importantly, he attempts the difficult task of evaluating its overall effectiveness and the extent to which, as part of Britain’s war effort, it represented a well-directed use of scarce resources. This is a complex story told with clarity and elan.
- Dr Valerie Holman, University of Reading
The book is ideally suited to students of wartime propaganda… It is an excellent textbook. Due to Brooks’ thorough research and precise writing, I believe this book is now the key reference for British psychological warfare to France in the Second World War.
- Falling Leaf
This is a superb and well-documented book that describes very clearly how skillfully Great Britain communicated with the French during the occupation to encourage resistance against Nazi tyranny and to make possible the eventual liberation of France.
- Tim Brooks, The European Legacy
This is a superb and well-documented book that describes very clearly how skillfully Great Britain communicated with the French during the occupationto encourage resistance against Nazi tyranny and to make possible the eventual liberation of France. Research libraries should acquire this superb critical study.
- Edmund Campion, University of Tennessee, The European Legacy
Tim Brooks has produced a well-researched study of the British wartime propaganda effort to France and, in doing so, fills a gap in the historiography of World War II... This book tells a fascinating story authoritatively and convincingly.
- Martyn Cornick, University of Birmingham, American Historical Review

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