Whispers of War: Underground Propaganda Rumour-Mongering in the Second World War

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www.psywar.org, 2010 - Political Science - 236 pages
A history of the use of rumours in the Second World War by the Brtish Government's Underground Propaganda Committee. Its job was to undermine the morale of German troops and civilians and to bolster the morale of the oppressed peoples of Occupied Europe. The book contains a collection of over 1,500 of the most noteworthy, provocative and amusing subversive rumours concocted.
 

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All those stories you've heard about burned german bodies being washed up on the Norfolk coast originate from propaganda myths have been collected by Lee Richards in a great little volume. They range from being downright silly to revealing how much the allies and the germans knew about the wholesale slaughter of the jews, Katyn Wood and so on. Viewed through the long lens of history it shows how gullible people are to suggestion through out all ages. The e-book is 244 pages and priced very favourably compared to the printed version. Highly recommended +++ 

Contents

THE UNDERGROUND PROPAGANDA COMMITTEE
1
SIB DIRECTIVES
25
SIB CODE NUMBERS
54
SUBVERSIVE RUMOURS
56
AIR RAIDS AND THE ALLIED STRATEGIC BOMBER OFFENSIVE
60
ANTIINVASION OF GREAT BRITAIN
67
ARMS PRODUCTION AND MILITARY MIGHT
71
AXIS AND SATELLITE PARTNERS
74
MEDITERRANEAN THEATRE
146
MISCELLANEOUS
149
MUSSOLINI
155
NEUTRAL COUNTRIES
156
NEW AND SECRET WEAPONS
162
NORTH AFRICA
169
OCCUPIED COUNTRIES
175
PEACEFEELERS AND DEFEATISM
179

BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC
82
CONSPIRACIES AND INTRIGUES
88
CORRUPTION AND WAR PROFITEERING
91
EASTERN FRONT
94
ECONOMIC WARFARE
101
FOREIGN WORKERS
104
HEALTH AND DISEASE
110
HESS
118
HIMMLER AND THE SS
119
HITLER
126
JOKES AND HUMOUR
130
LOOTING AND ART TREASURES
132
LUFTWAFFE
133
MALINGERING AND DESERTION
139
POISON GAS
182
PRISONERS OF WAR
185
RATIONING AND DIET
187
RELIGION
194
RESISTANCE AND SABOTAGE
198
ROMMEL
204
SECOND FRONT AND DDAY
206
SEX AND PORNOGRAPHY
211
VICHY FRANCE
218
WAR CRIMES AND ATROCITIES
222
THE Z ORGANISATION
226
INDEX
228
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About the author (2010)

Lee Richards has been researching and writing about the history of propaganda and psychological warfare for over 25 years. He was a long term member of the PsyWar Society and for a number of years edited its quarterly journal The Falling Leaf. In 1997 he launched the well-respected website www.psywar.org to further research into this field.
Richards has supplied research to and been interviewed by the international media including BBC television in the UK, PBS in America, and newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, America in WWII, WWII magazine and others. Items from his expansive collection of propaganda literature have appeared on BBC’s “QI”  and  “The One Show” and PBS’ “History Detectives”.

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