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Research Unit B.1 – Vrijschutter: Object, Method and Effect

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This Political Warfare Executive report is an appraisal of the object, method and effect of the clandestine radio station known as B.1 – Vrijschutter, broadcasting in Flemish to Occupied Belgium.


This is an operational RU run for Flemish patriots under the supervision of Mr Dadson who is in charge of all operations in the field. Its aim is to organise resistance and support the main campaigns put out by ‘white’ radio. Our agents in the field who go out to Flemish speaking parts of Belgium are warned of the existence of this radio and when they send us back their reports we are able to implement their recommendations at once through this medium.


There is one transmission six days a week at 22.30hrs. BST. This time is most suitable, as it is late enough not to clash with the BBC and not too late for the Flemish peasants’ bedtime.

Three voices are used, one of them a woman’s. All broadcasts are recorded as two of the speakers work in London, where they are in close touch with the material required for their texts.  Recordings are made twice a week.

The programme is never repeated.

Irregular breaks are made in this transmission to preserve the impression of a clandestine post.


We know that this broadcast has an audience, though in some parts of the country reception is badly affected by jamming. Fishermen from a Belgian trawler which recently escaped to this country reported that it ca be heard without any interference on board ship off the Belgian coast. Reactions from Flanders always take a much longer time to reach us than reactions from the French speaking parts of the country. The old B.1 known as Radio Heraus was in operation for a long time before any reactions were received, but, even now, evidence still reaches us of its popularity among Flemish peasants and industrial workers.


[Source: TNA FO 898/51, transcribed by]



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