Posts Tagged ‘WW2’

National Security Cinema - Tom on Gorilla Radio

National Security Cinema – Tom on Gorilla Radio

Chris Cook had me as a guest on Gorilla Radio recently to talk about National Security Cinema, how modern military propaganda is different to that of the WW2 era, how widespread militarised pop culture has become, how the government rewrites and censors films, and why so few Hollywood movies contain ...
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Winston, The One-Horse Propaganda Machine

Winston, The One-Horse Propaganda Machine

Winston the police horse was named after Winston Churchill, having joined the Met in the 1940s.  He featured in numerous royal events, ridden by both King George and princess and then Queen Elizabeth during the Trooping the Colour ceremonies in the 40s and early 50s.  Winston was also the subject ...
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ClandesTime 097 - Sterling Hayden

ClandesTime 097 – Sterling Hayden

Sterling Hayden's life encompassed many important events and periods of the 20th century.  A lifelong seaman he joined the Marine Corps and the OSS during World War 2, running smuggling operations to support anti-fascist partisans in Yugoslavia.  He was also a movie star, famously appearing in The Godfather and in ...
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Jack D Ripper OSS File

Jack D Ripper OSS File

Sterling Hayden is perhaps best-known for playing Jack D Ripper but his life and career make for fascinating reading.  After a time working as a mate on various ships his near 2-metre frame, grizelled good looks and shock of blonde hair saw him move into print modelling and then into ...
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Carol For Another Christmas - Tom Secker on PPR

Carol For Another Christmas – Tom Secker on PPR

Pearse invited me on his radio show to discuss the 1964 TV movie A Carol for Another Christmas.  This was the first in a series of TV films designed to promote the United Nations and sponsored by the Xerox corporation.  A Carol for Another Christmas is a remake of A ...
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ClandesTime 085 - WW2 Spies and Hyperreality

ClandesTime 085 – WW2 Spies and Hyperreality

Mutt and Jeff were a pair of Norwegian double agents during WW2, named after the popular cartoon characters.  They played a crucial role in deceiving the Nazi intelligence apparatus by taking part in false flag sabotage and deception operations.  Several of these operations have very curious codenames including Operation GUY ...
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16 Military and Intelligence Code Names Inspired by Popular Culture

16 Military and Intelligence Code Names Inspired by Popular Culture

One of the most prominent influences of pop culture on government and on the deep state is in the use of code names.   From the capture of Saddam Hussein to a counter-smuggling helicopter unit in Hawaii, from a mass surveillance program named after Blazing Saddles to Secret Service and MI5 ...
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Review: The Double-Cross System

Review: The Double-Cross System

In my opinion, the importance of the intelligence war in World War 2 cannot be overstated.  Economically, Britain was essentially bankrupt by the end of the war.  Militarily they were not as well resourced and equipped as Germany with the exception of naval warfare.  The most decisive factor in Britain ...
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The CIA and Hollywood 08 - The Quiet American

The CIA and Hollywood 08 – The Quiet American

In this first episode of the new season Pearse and I discuss the 1958 spy drama The Quiet American, adapted from the novel by Graham Greene.  We focus in on the role of Air Force and CIA officer Ed Lansdale's relationship with the film-maker Joseph Mankiewicz, and how the CIA ...
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Graham Greene's FBI File

Graham Greene’s FBI File

Graham Greene was one of the most important novelists of the 20th century, and one of the greatest spy novelists of all time.  He also holds the dubious honour of having worked for MI6 during WW2 but being spied on by the FBI as a suspected Communist.  Few spies have ...
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