Lord Haw-Haw Broadcasts on Mulberry


William Joyce, one of the broadcasters for Germany Calling
William Joyce, one of the broadcasters for Germany Calling

I came across an interesting note in a book on Operation Mulberry that I thought might jog some memories. It was on broadcasts from Germany apparently taunting sailors and soldiers working on the Whale and Phoenix units weeks before D-Day.  

Lord Haw-Haw was the nickname for several English speaking broadcasters who would announce Allied losses on the ground, in the air, and at sea.  The program was called Germany Calling and was often the only source for precious little information behind enemy lines.  Although the broadcasts were generally considered propaganda, they still could be un-nerving in their accuracy.  The broadcast cited in the book Force Mulberry by Alfred Stanford, Commander, USNR is chilling:  

“To those USN CB’s and soldiers on the concrete caissons of Selsey Bill…we know exeactly what you intend to do with those concrete units.  You intend to sink them off our coast inthe assualt.  Well, we’re going to help you , boys.  WE’ll save you some trouble.  When you come to get under way, we’re going to sink them for you.”

The Partridge wasn’t towing a Phoenix unit when she was sunk — it was a Whale unit.  But the ship did tow Phoenix units during training for the invasion.  It’s not clear how much the Germans really knew about the operation is not known. Their slow reaction to the invasion itself indicates that they knew about plans to create an artificial harbor but details for a decisively counter attach did not exist.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Partridge was sunk but the Whale unit or floating pontoon bridge made it to shore and was used to offload precious men, tanks, and supplies to feed the invasion.

If anyone has any memory of these broadcast and wouldlike to share them please feel free to send an email or post it in the comments section.

3 thoughts on “Lord Haw-Haw Broadcasts on Mulberry

  1. In late July 1944 while being moved from the 81st Army General Hospital in Cardiff So. Wales to Bristol England for transportation back to the states, Axis Sally came over the radio. She said she was sorry for the families of the American warship Partridge as she had been sunk, taking all hands with her. The Army Rangers and Paratrooters there with me started booing her.One of them said to me,”Joe you better lay down, your dead.” We got a good laugh in spite of the fact the Partridge did go down with a great loss of life.
    Joe Shannon

  2. Lord Haw Haw was the nickname of only ONE Nazi propaganda broadcaster. He was William Joyce, the son of an Irish-American father and English mother.
    We in Britain listened to his weekly broadcasts with some derision.
    He was captured by British forces at the end of the war in 1945. He was tried for treason and executed.
    You can find plenty written about him and his final broadcast on the internet.


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