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Britain and France

Asa Briggs

in The War of Words

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780192129567
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670022 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129567.003.0009
Britain and France

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This chapter focuses on British broadcasting in France during the months of June and July 1940. It explains that during this period, there was a need for urgent action in relation to France, which passed quickly from friendship and alliance to non-belligerence and tacit hostility after the German blitzkrieg attack. It discusses the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) first use of the term French Armistice in its broadcast to France during this period. It also highlights Charles De Gaulle's decision to broadcast his message to Occupied France from London.

Keywords: British broadcasting; France; German blitzkrieg; French Armistice; Charles De Gaulle

Chapter.  7170 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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