This week at Pine Trees we will be viewing a DVD entitled ‘The Secret Wireless War’ which is in two parts. This week we will be showing the second part entitled ‘Black Propaganda’.
During WWII, Britain waged a successful wireless war against the Axis forces in Europe by broadcasting ‘Black Propaganda’ from secret transmitter sites in England.
Ralph Murray, a Foreign Office official’ helped shape the style of the broadcasts, many of which were transmitted from the Woburn Estate. The film contains an interview with his son as well as interviews with Roy Tink, a teleprinter engineer and Phil Luck, who operated the transmitters.
The sites at Potsgrove and Milton Bryan were instrumental in beaming the broadcasts to Europe and there are extensive remains of the buildings still visible at the latter, which are examined during the film. The Milton Bryan station was linked by landline to an RCA 600kW transmitter named ‘Aspidistra’, which transmitted the recordings across to Europe.
The film was originally produced in 2002 and was remastered in 2014 with some new footage.
The DVD is being shown with the kind permission of David & Debra Rixon of Grindelwald Productions Ltd. and I thank them for their quick & polite response to my E-mail request to show their films to SDARC.
The DVD is available from their Amazon store, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Wireless-War-David-Rixon/dp/B000ECXBFK and their main website, which includes many walking and other DVDs, is available at http://www.grindelwald.co.uk
We hope to see you Thursday night from 7pm at Pine Trees to watch the film!