The Hazards of Neutrality: June–December 1940

Robert Cole

in Propaganda, Censorship and Irish Neutrality in the Second World War

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622771
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651337 | DOI:
The Hazards of Neutrality: June–December 1940

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The war of words intensified in the spring of 1940, reflecting how perilous the war situation had become. Government Information Bureau propaganda promoted Eire neutrality and called upon young Irishmen to enlist in the Eire army. By mid-1940, British public and military opinion – and much Eire opinion as well – was convinced that Eire neutrality was an advantage to Germany and a disadvantage to Britain. The war of words over the ports issue intensified in the summer and autumn of 1940. Censorship now played a central role in maintaining Eire security. Eire pursued ‘benevolent neutrality’ in order to ensure that ‘the British could not acquire by conquest much more than she [Britain] gained through cooperation’. Headlines and reports kept press readers well informed on aspects of the war.

Keywords: war of words; Eire neutrality; Eire army; Germany; Britain; censorship; Eire security

Chapter.  10983 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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