Stories of Courage

Message to the French Government from His Majesty's Government
Great Britain Ministry of Information: Daily Press Notices and Bulletins, No. 01: June 14, 1940
War Office Communique [Dunkirk Withdrawal Complete]
Great Britain Ministry of Information: Daily Press Notices and Bulletins, No. 37: June 4, 1940
"Together"
This image shows Commonwealth servicemen marching together as one displaying both strength and unity.
[Eleven smiling servicemen]
Eleven smiling servicemen bearing national flags, including those of the USA and the Soviet Union.

Because the MOI bulletins were issued daily, they were filled with all conceivable types of news, information, and personal accounts by soldiers and civilians alike. Stories of heroism, escapes, victories and defeats, by pilots, infantry, and sailors were particularly striking as they conveyed not only firsthand accounts of particular battles but the complex feelings experienced by those expressing the stories.

The MOI also published books with photography and battle diagrams with specific stories about particular battles or troop regimens. Lists of those captured, injured, and killed were also published. Relaying the positive and negatives aspects of the war on a daily basis gave the public the sense that they were being told the truth by the MOI and that the government could be trusted to lead the country to a victorious end.