William Joyce
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States;
Germany (from 1940)
(Long-time resident of the United Kingdom, but never had British nationality)
Date of Birth: 1906
Date of Death: 1946
Cause of Death: Execution by hanging
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: Soldier, Politician, Broadcaster
Parents: Michael Joyce;
Gertrude Brooke
Spouse: Hazel Barr (divorced 1937);
Margaret Cairns White
Children: Two
Military Branch: British Army (Irish War of Independence)
Political Party: British Union of Fascists
Fictional Appearances:
"The Last Article"
POD: c. 1940
Type of Appearance: Direct (via radio)

The War That Came Early
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
Appearance(s): The Big Switch;
Last Orders
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references

William Joyce (24 April 1906 - 3 January 1946), known as Lord Haw-Haw from his vocal tic, was an American-born fascist politician and Nazi propaganda broadcaster to the United Kingdom during World War II. He was executed for treason after the war by the British government. Technically, this charge was false, as he was never a British national.

William Joyce in "The Last Article"[]

William Joyce became a news broadcaster for Germany after Britain fell in 1941. In 1947, he read a statement from Reichminister Reinhard Heydrich praising Walther Model for his handling of Indian dissidents. Mohandas Gandhi had assumed, incorrectly, that Model would be censured for ordering the Qutb Road Massacre.

As Jawaharlal Nehru reminded Gandhi, the British had referred to him as Lord Haw-Haw prior to their defeat at the hands of the Nazis.

William Joyce in The War That Came Early[]

Not long after the Second World War broke out in October, 1938, William Joyce went to Germany and began broadcasting under the guise of Lord Haw-Haw on behalf of the Nazis.[1] After the "big switch" of 1940, Joyce began broadcasting variations on the theme of I told you so.[2] In 1943, after the British and French turned on Germany once more and after a series of uprisings especially in Münster, Joyce continued to broadcast in support of the Nazis stating that the German people remained united behind Hitler.[3]


  1. The Big Switch, pg. 408. It's not quite clear when Joyce did this.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Last Orders, pg. 199, HC.