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Title:A PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE UNIT BROADCASTS TO GERMAN TROOPS IN THE ORNE BRIDGEHEAD [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 66-3
Summary: A Canadian Army unit broadcasts propaganda to German troops.
Description: An Austin K2 lorry belonging to No 12 Amplifier Unit, a Canadian detachment serving within 21st Army Group's Psychological Warfare Branch, is seen parked in an orchard in the Orne bridgehead half a mile from Bréville; on its roof are several loudspeakers. A lance-corporal climbs up an apple tree to lodge one of the loudspeakers in its branches in order to make the unit's announcements audible to Wehrmacht troops of the 346th Infantry Division - a low-grade formation with a high proportion of Russians and Poles - in position several hundred yards away. The amplifier unit's Canadian army intelligence captain confers with an intelligence officer serving with 1st Special Service Brigade over details of the script which is then broadcast by the captain to the Germans over the loudspeakers.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Gross, A C (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, 1st Special Service Brigade (regiment/service)
Canadian Army, Amplifier Unit 12, [psychological warfare] (regiment/service)
German Army, Div, Infantry, 346 (regiment/service)
Keywords: communications, Canadian military - direct: loudspeaker (object name)
propaganda, Canadian - inflammatory (object name)
transport, British military - truck, special: Austin K2 loudspeaker van & [Canadian] (object name)
Second World War, North West Europe & Operation Overlord & 3/7/1944 (event)
Bréville, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Summary: No 12 Amplifier Unit's function in the Orne bridgehead was to broadcast in Polish and German the BBC news and incitements to desert to the 346th Infantry Division. This it did at around 2 am, after a one minute artillery barrage designed to wake its intended audience up