Black Boomerang

DELMER, Sefton. Black Boomerang.

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DELMER, Sefton. Black Boomerang. London, Secker & Warburg, [1962].

8vo. Original green cloth with dust-wrapper designed by Barrett; pp. 320, lower panel of wrapper a little discoloured, otherwise fine.
First edition, surprisingly rare, of Sefton Delmer's spectacular autobiography; this volume covering his activities from 1941 onwards, when he was launching radio propaganda which purported to come from a German station. 'Mr Delmer gives fascinating examples of actual broadcasts, of deception practiced, of lies disseminated, of new techniques …' (blurb on wrapper). 'Delmer could not have had a job better suited to his background and talents. He began in May 1941 by inventing Der Chef, a right-wing German patriot opposed to the Nazis broadcasting to members of his secret organization apparently from within Germany. This was followed by several other RUs (research units) which ranged from bona fide Roman Catholic propaganda to astrology. Following the construction of the new 500 kW transmitter (Aspidistra) at Crowborough in 1942 Delmer launched his most successful project, a pseudo-German forces programme, Soldatensender Calais, a ‘grey’ station as opposed to ‘black’ which relied on its snappy presentation and especially its popular music to attract listeners among the German forces, even though many of them would know or suspect it to be an enemy wavelength' (ODNB).

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