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Radio International Fecamp

Fécamp: the chimney is the one of the Benedictine's distillery. On the right on the photo, one of the antennas now unused by Radio Normandy since december 12th 1938.

Requisitioned by the French state, they carried the service
"Radio International Fécamp" with French propaganda aimed at foreigners between november 1939 and january 1940.

Where to find "Radio International" on your dial ?

local de stockage materiel

Local storage of transformers of the old Radio Normandy
in Fécamp.

The Transmitter House

emetteur 20 kW fecamp

The old transmitter of Fécamp stopped (12.12.1938) since the start of the new transmitter of Radio Normandy at Louvetot, works again with Radio International programmes for a few weeks (Nov. 1939 to Friday Jan 12, 1940) with the control of the IBC.
The closing down of the station will be required by the French military authorities.

Extract from magazine "Best of British" thanks to http://www.sterlingtimes.org/radio_sponsorship5.htm

"Happy Listening" the programme guide of Radio International (212 mètres) for the British Expeditionary Force in

12 January 1940: the Czech and Austrian broadcasts from the old studios of Radio Normandy to Fécamp stopped for military reasons. Broadcasters thank the City of Fécamp for an unforgettable welcome.

Before the start of the German invasion, the French
army destroyed the equipment on Monday 10 June 1940
and the transmitter cables of Fecamp are cut. 

tableau de depart vers antennes

The Germans occupy the "House of the radio"
rue de Boulogne and make it the Standortkommandantur
of Fécamp. 


Kommandantur rue de Boulogne

Since the beginning of the war, the state censors public and private radio. Since June 1940, Germans control one radio station - Radio Paris closely: "Radio Paris is German"! repeated the BBC. Many listen in secret. In March 1944, radio sets must be handed in at town halls. Some will disappear in bombardments. 



pylone côté est

During a violent storm, in the early morning of
7 November 1940, the west pylon twists on its base
and collapses in the garden of a nearby orphanage
of St Michel. A twisted mass of metal tears up
its enormous concrete foundation.

pylone Est avec soldats allemands

Friday 12 November 1943, the remaining pylon
(East side) will be blown up by Germans because
it could act as landmark to allies.