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Radio London and Resistance in Occupied EuropeBritish Political Warfare 1939-1943$
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Michael Stenton

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208433

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208433.001.0001

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The Birth of PWE

The Birth of PWE

(p.29) 4 The Birth of PWE
Radio London and Resistance in Occupied Europe

Michael Stenton

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by discussing Bracken's proposal to Dalton of setting up a Department of Political Warfare, as well as the employing of several people who were to be in charge of that department. It then notes the threats of resignation received by the PWE Committee. The chapter explains that the ability to sustain campaigns improved when the Directorate of Plans took custody of the ambitious ‘central directive’. The PWE central directive was binding on the BBC whereas the regional directives were advisory. It discusses the attempt of Kirkpatrick and Newsome to run the European Service as a single multilingual newspaper. It explains that the creation of PWE realized Monckton's idea that the BBC should use Woburn's expertise but be controlled by regional directives written in London and issued by the MOI. Bracken's achievement was an unexpected political contribution to good government.

Keywords:   PWE, Bracken, Dalton, Kirkpatrick, Newsome, Woburn, Monckton, politics, multilingual newspaper, BBC

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