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Research Unit R.3 – “Prahova”: 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 R.3 – “Prahova”, broadcasting to Romania.


To cut Roumanian oil supplies to Germany and war fronts.

The general line is “Oil conservation” interpreted in terms of immediate and future self-interest of every individual directly or indirectly dependent for his livelihood upon oil.

The audience thus comprises specifically those in the industry; more generally it extends to everyone in Roumania.


Our cover is the obvious interest of individual and nation in the continued existence of oil reserves after the war. On this issue we can be “Roumanian”. In view of Roumania’s war with Russia, we do not instigate sabotage as such, as to do so would destroy our cover, eliminate our motivation, and achieve no results; this is a go SLOW campaign.

Programmes will be addressed separately to specific functions in the industry in terms of their operational potentialities – from manager to driller.

Broadcasts will be made “round-the-clock” to cover all day and night shifts in fields and refineries.

General broadcasts and those to black-coat workers will be times appropriately.

We shall imply a degree of government and company approval and support. (Which may well become the case).

The use of records will be tacitly admitted as a chosen technique. We bank upon repetition, although now records will be added continuously to the daily cycles. Live transmission therefore does not enter into the question.

Every programme will comprise both the logical motivation and the means of achieving the objective.

The station can well be advertised by attack upon it by R.2.


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



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