BBC Allied Expeditionary Forces Programme
The BBC Allied Expeditionary Forces Programme was a
radio stationin the mid-1940s.
At the outbreak of
World War II, the BBChad merged its two nationwide radio services, the BBC Regional Programmeand the BBC National Programme, into a single BBC Home Service. On 7 January 1940, this was supplemented by a station aimed at British forces serving at home (and, until Dunkirk, in Franceand Belgium), the BBC Forces Programme.
With the arrival of troops from the
United Statesand Canadain the run-up to D-Day, the Forces Programme was replaced by a service more tailored to the new audience, the BBC General Forces Programme, which also broadcast on shortwavefor service people in the Asian theatre of operations.
When Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of occupied Europe, began, it was felt by the Allied governments that a joint service of entertainment, news and information for the fighting troops would be a better use of resources than providing separate services from
American Forces Network(AFN), BBC and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation(CBC) stations.
The combined station, called the "Allied Expeditionary Forces Programme" and operated by the BBC on behalf of the Allied forces, began broadcasting on 7 June 1944, the day after the Normandy landings, on 514 meters (583kHz), providing a service dominated by cabaret and swing music.
* Anonymous, [http://www.northernstar.no/afrs.htm Northern Star Radio Heritage] undated; accessed 15 February 2006
* Millward, David "Morale-raising radio from the depths of Broadcasting House", London: The Daily Telegraph 5 June 2004
* Grace, Alan "This Is the British Forces Network: The Story of Forces Broadcasting in Germany" London: Alan Sutton Publishing 1997 ISBN 0-7509-1105-0
* [http://www.skylighters.org/radio/ WWII Radio]
* [http://www.transdiffusion.org/rmc/ Radiomusications by Transdiffusion]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/heritage/story/ww2/index.shtml The BBC at War]
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