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Across the WavesHow the United States and France Shaped the International Age of Radio$
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Derek W. Vaillant

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041419

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041419.001.0001

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Voices of the Occupation

Voices of the Occupation

U.S. Broadcasting to France during World War II

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Across the Waves

Derek W. Vaillant

University of Illinois Press

During the German occupation of France (1940-44), in addition to the broadcasts of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), shortwave broadcasters in the United States, such as NBC, and later, the U.S. government’s Voice of America (VOA) and Office of War Information (OWI) supplied broadcast news, entertainment, and moral support to French listeners living under the Vichy regime. This chapter explores U.S. and Allied international broadcasting to France between 1937, when daily transatlantic French-language programs began in earnest from America, through D-Day, to the liberation of Paris coordinated in part via radio broadcasting. The chapter analyzes the programs and strategies of broadcasters, Nazi and Vichy propagandists, and clandestine listeners during the Occupation.

Keywords:   World War II, Nazi, Occupation, Marshall Pétain, Vichy, Office of War Information (OWI), Allies, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles de Gaulle, Psychological Warfare Branch (PWB)

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