Bedford Corn Exchange


“The real enjoyment comes from the moments inside our work.  Once we heard the happy sound of a music hungry bunch of servicemen, yelling for more whatever we had to offer, we knew that we could never enjoy a more satisfying pay off in our lives”.

Major Glenn Miller, September 14, 1944

Over the objections of the BBC and the Armed Forces Radio Service, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and the senior staff of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) were determined to launch an inter-allied SHAEF Broadcasting Service coicnidental with D-Day, June 6, 1944, and for the remainder of the European War. Although it took the intervention of Prime Minister Winston Churchill to force the decision, the Allied Expeditionary Forces Programme (AEFP) went on the air at 05:55 D+1, Wednesday, June 7, 1944. Learn more:  

Allied Expeditionary Forces Programme

Updated March 2017