Radio Broadcasters Committing Treason

radio broadcastersSome of the Nazi radio propaganda was tailor made for consumption by British and American soldiers and civilians. They recruited native English speakers to broadcast radio messages to the opposition in the hopes of spreading disinformation and sowing discontent. These mysterious radio personalities became minor celebrities during the war, and some were even arrested and branded as traitors when the fighting ended. These included William Joyce, known as Lord Haw Haw, and Philippe Henriot.


“In death, as in this life, I defy the Jews who caused this last war, and I defy the power of darkness which they represent. I warn the British people against the crushing imperialism of the Soviet Union. May Britain be great once again and in the hour of the greatest danger in the west may the Swastika be raised from the dust, crowned with the historic words ‘You have conquered nevertheless’. I am proud to die for my ideals; and I am sorry for the sons of Britain who have died without knowing why.”

William Joyce’s last words upon execution for treason

“My task,is to explain events and to counter the lies and slanderous words spoken on British radio. Propaganda cannot be neutral, and it is my intention, in presenting events truthfully, never to hold back from interpreting matters from a French perspective.”
– Philippe Henriot

He had the original good face for radio
Nicholas Rankin reviews Haw-Haw: the Tragedy of William and Margaret Joyce by Nigel Farndale.
The Telegraph

Lord Haw-Haw | The Nazi broadcaster who threatened Britain
BBC Archive
Includes links to audio recording of his broadcasts, and related reports

William Joyce
Spartacus Educational

Audio Cast:
Propaganda Broadcast from Germany | Lord Haw-Haw
‘Germany does not intend to attack the Balkans.’
BBC Archive

Germany Calling | The War in the Ether
Lord Haw-Haw and German propaganda broadcasts during World War II.
BBC Archives

Internal Memo regarding Lord Haw Haw

Germany Calling | The Voice of the Nazi
Fellow propaganda broadcasters recall working with William Joyce.
BBC Archives

The Execution of Lord Haw Haw at Wandsworth Prison in 1946
Another Nickel in the Machine

6 World War II Propaganda Broadcasters

Mildred Gillars

Mildred Elizabeth Sisk: American-Born Axis Sally

On This Day: “Axis Sally” Convicted of Treason
Finding Dulcinea

Philippe Henriot

The Battle of the Airwaves
History Extra

Fred W. Kaltenbach


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