German radio to Britain

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by PsyWar.Org, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron


    If you haven't come across it there is a interesting section on Radio Caledonia and the role of Donald Grant in Gavin Bowd's book, Fascist Scotland. It claims, "There are no surviving recordings or transcriptions, nor are there recollections by Scottish listeners." The German electrical engineer, Herbert Krumbiegel, says, " ...I and my colleagues used to record his talks daily. I have myself recorded more than 200 of these talks." All of which I assume were destroyed at some point? The half hour daily broadcasts lasted from June 27th 1940 to sometime in August of 1942.

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  2. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    Cee, Haven't seen Bowd's book so thanks for bringing it to my attention. Will take a look.

    Last year I unearthed the full transcripts for all the German clandestine radio stations broadcasting to the UK.
    Here's one example of Caledonia:

    Sound recordings were also made but most of these I do believe are long gone.

    The National Archives have an interesting file of rumours being spread around Britain based on German broadcasts. Although every German broadcast tends to be referred to as a Haw Haw broadcast when in fact they were coming from one of the clandestine stations.

    Also keep meaning to have a look through some of the Mass Observation archives as I suspect there might be something in there mentioning people's reactions to the stations.

    Here's an example of Workers' Challenge:

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  3. phylo_roadking

    phylo_roadking Very Senior Member

    There WILL be mention of them in Mass Ob's records; Angus Calder mentions people be polled on them in his book on the Blitz.

    Regarding the rumours - there were indeed a number of court prosecutions in the summer of 1940 of people charged with spreading enemy lies etc. Fleming mentions a couple of these.

    One thing that's worth noting is that people listened to them because they were more entertaining than listening to the BBC! Better and more varied music etc..
  4. phylo_roadking

    phylo_roadking Very Senior Member

    As a P.P.S....

    Fleming also notes that English newspaper reports of these VERY FEW cases were among the "evidence" canvassed by Hitler et al through the summer of 1940 as evidence that British civilian morale was crumbling, as they wanted.

    The only problem was the perennial one of intelligence analysis - they were looking for evidence that their various psi ops were working....they weren't also looking for evidence that they weren't, and weighing one vs. the other ;) So along with other very minor indicators of civilian morale collapse it seemed to show them what they wanted to see...but in reality they missed that the tiniest handful of individuals were charged with various antisocial acts, the tiniest fraction of a percent of the population - whereas in reality it should have showed them how resilient British civilian morale was proving to be!

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