The BBC audio archive may not be as eclectic as resources like the shortwave radio archive but they do hold recordings from some of the most important points in history. During another long case of writers block, I started mooching around BBC audios files in the desperate hope for inspiration 🙂

WW2 audio recordings

Most of the stuff I’ve heard in one format or another over the years either as plain audio or as snippets on history television programs, but I did find a piece of audio from Germany’s war time propaganda “mouth piece” Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce) that I’ve never heard before.

A Man Off His Game

It isn’t clear if the final broadcast of Lord Haw-Haw, found on a tape recorder was ever sent out over the airwaves and its probably best if it wasn’t. Gone was the composed voice that had been used in the many broadcasts Haw-Haw had made throughout the war, replaced by a man who sounded the worse for drink and rambling without the usual script.

Lord Haw-Haw Final Broadcast

To really notice the difference in the man on the eve of Germany’s surrender, its a good idea to have a quick listen to one of his more normal broadcasts on the archive.

Other Collections

There are plenty more recordings from this period in history along with collections on other subjects and these can be found at

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