Hanoi Hannah


Trịnh Thị Ngọ ([ṯɕïŋ˧ˀ˨ʔ tʰi˧ˀ˨ʔ ŋɔ˧ˀ˨ʔ]; 1931 – 30 September 2016), also known as Thu Hương and Hanoi Hannah, was a Vietnamese radio personality best known for her work during the Vietnam War, when she made English-language broadcasts for North Vietnam directed at United States troops. … During the Vietnam War, Ngọ became famous among US soldiers for her propaganda broadcasts on Radio Hanoi. Her scripts were written by the North Vietnamese Army and were intended to frighten and shame the soldiers into leaving their posts. She made three broadcasts a day, reading a list of newly killed or imprisoned Americans, and playing popular US anti-war songs in an effort to incite feelings of nostalgia and homesickness, attempting to persuade US GIs that the US involvement in the Vietnam War was unjust and immoral. US Navy ships and personnel were also targeted in her broadcasts, with Ngọ reading out the names of crew members and saying that they were all going to die. She also received and played recorded messages from Americans who were against the war, saying later that she thought these messages were the most effective of all as ‘Americans will believe their own people rather than the adversary’. … Few if any desertions are thought to have happened because of her propaganda work[9] and the soldiers ‘hooted at her scare tactics’. They were sometimes impressed, however, when she mentioned the correct location of their unit (when they would ‘give a toast to her and throw beer cans at the radio’), named US casualties and welcomed Navy ships into port with their correct arrival details and crew members’ names. There were exaggerated legends of her omniscience, with rumors that she would give clues about everything from specific future North Vietnamese attacks to soldiers’ girlfriends cheating on them at home. …”
Wikipedia
Radiophonics of the Vietnam War: A Collection (Video)
The Search for Hanoi Hannah
W – Transistor radio
YouTube: Hanoi Hannah – GI!

Trinh Thi Ngo (Hanoi Hannah)

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