By Andrew Defty

Within the chilly struggle conflict for hearts and minds Britain was once the 1st kingdom to formulate a coordinated international reaction to communist propaganda. In January 1948, the British govt introduced a brand new propaganda coverage designed to 'oppose the inroads of communism' by way of taking the offensive opposed to it.' A small part within the overseas place of work, the innocuously titled details study division (IRD), was once tested to collate details on communist coverage, strategies and propaganda, and coordinate the discreet dissemination of counter-propaganda to opinion formers at domestic and overseas.

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In response to several enquiries from information officers regarding what to tell foreign governments about the reorganization of British information services, the IPD produced a directive outlining the need for discretion. ’ It was suggested that requests for information should be used as an opportunity to publicize Britain by describing the output of these services rather than the organization. ’27 The one notable exception to this rule on discretion was the USA. In 1945 the Foreign Office and the State Department exchanged detailed information regarding their plans for peacetime propaganda.

69–70. 46 Ibid. pp. 72–82. Watt, ‘Intelligence Studies: The Emergence of a British School’, Intelligence and National Security, 3, 2 (1988), pp. ), British Intelligence, Strategy and the Cold War, 1945–51 (London: Routledge, 1992), pp. Watt, book review, Intelligence and National Security, 12, 4 (1997), p. 224. Shaw, ‘The Information Research Department of the British Foreign Office and the Korean War, 1950–53’, Journal of Contemporary History, 34, 2 (1999), pp. Tauris, 1996). Aldrich, ‘Secret Intelligence for a Post-War World: Reshaping the British Intelligence Community, 1944– 51’, in Aldrich, British Intelligence, Strategy, and the Cold War, pp.

Firstly, that cooperation with like-minded governments was an important part of Britain’s anti-communist propaganda policy. Secondly, that the degree of cooperation with the USA went some way beyond that with any other power. As such, it serves not Britain, America and Anti-Communist Propaganda 1945-53 18 only to enhance our understanding of British policy towards the Soviet Union, but also British policy towards her other allies and the USA in particular. Finally, it is not the intention of this study to examine the effectiveness of British propaganda in the Cold War.

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