‘Twelve Weeks of War’

Asa Briggs

in The War of Words

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780192129567
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670022 | DOI:
‘Twelve Weeks of War’

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This chapter explains that Great Britain's sitzkrieg with Germany actually started on September 1, 1939, two days before Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's broadcast. It officially started when orders had been signalled to every transmitting station and studio of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to change over to war conditions. During this time, freedom of choice disappeared for home listeners because BBC was only broadcasting one programme related to the war.

Keywords: sitzkrieg; Great Britain; Germany; Neville Chamberlain; transmitting station; war conditions; home listeners

Chapter.  13157 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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