One of the most effective weapons during WWII, and indeed nearly every war, was propaganda.
Where the Nazis mostly used their propaganda to incite fear and hate, the allies and especially the Brits sometimes adopted a different approach. They’d often used humour and satire in order to ridicule the Nazis and their beloved leader Hitler.
in August 1939 Toby O’Brien, an Anglo-Irish journalist and publicist for the British Council at the time, wrote the song “Hitler Has Only Got One Ball” Initially it was called “Göring has only got one ball”, referring to Göring’s groin injury he suffered during the Beer Hall Putsch, the song also implied that Hitler had two small ones. In nearly all later versions, the positions were reversed.
The song was sung to the tune of “Colonel Bogey March” unfortunately I could not find any good versions of the song, but below are the lyrics of 2 different versions of the song followed by the music of Colonel Bogey March, so lets make this an interactive blog where you can sing the song to the music yourselves.
“Göring has only got one ball
Hitler’s are so very small
Himmler’s so very similar
And Goebbels has no balls at all”
“Hitler has only got one ball
Göring has two but very small
Himmler is rather sim’lar
But poor old Goebbels has no balls at all”
A British Government propaganda parody film was produced in December 1942 which was aimed to mock the Nazis
It worked ,Joseph Goebbels was furious after seeing the film ,so much so that he reportedly ran out of the room kicking a chair and screaming profanities.
The video uses scenes from the 1934 German propaganda film ‘Triumph of the Will’ and is re-edited to make it appear comically as if Nazi troops and Hitler are doing the Lambeth Walk dance.
The “Lambeth Walk” was a popular dance craze in the U.S. and the U.K. in the late 1930s. The song, from the musical Me and My Girl, referred to a street in a Cockney district in London. Dancers strode back and forth, punctuating their “walk” with high kicks and broad gestures.
The video, entitled ‘ Lambeth Walk-Nazi Style’, was produced by Leslie Winik and edited by a British Ministry of Information official Charles A. Ridley and was screened in cinemas all across the UK.It is probably the world’s first parody video.
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