Austro-British Society Carinthia

Austro-British Society Klagenfurt

Austro-British
Society Carinthia

During the British military occupation of Carinthia, British Troops in Austria (B.T.A.) produced a number of magazines, newspapers and newsletters in English (for British troops and their dependants), in German (for the Austrian people), and in Slovenian (for Slovene-speakers in Carinthia).

The history team have been combing through Carinthian archives looking for such products, and the list below is the result of our labours to date. Where possible, we will be digitising and making excerpts available here. Highlighted text below means info subject to confirmation (i.e., we’re working on it).

We were helped considerably in our search by the discovery of a PhD dissertation by Austrian journalist Robert Buchacher, who had access to and described many of the publications we list below.

We are unable to publish full digital copies of the newspapers here, since many of the articles in them are signed and thus subject to copyright restrictions. According to British Library guidance, if the article is unsigned, copyright expires 70 years after publication; if the article is signed, copyright expires 70 years after the death of the author.

But we will be publishing images of articles of historical interest where copyright has expired, along with a transcript to make them more readily findable. For the family history enthusiasts among you, we are transcribing all reports of births, deaths and marriages we find, for the same reason.

If you know of more such products or would like to obtain copies of the ones we have, drop us a line at history@austrobritishcarinthia.at.


1. English-language

THE CARINTHIAN

Weekly magazine published Saturday by Welfare and Education, 38th (Irish) Infantry Brigade/Carinthia Area, printed by Buchdruckerei Leon in Klagenfurt, disseminated to British troops in Carinthia and their dependants. First issue 12 October 1946, final issue 15 March 1947 (Nos. 1 – 23).

Availability:

University of Klagenfurt Library (I 32519). One bound volume containing issues 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, and 17 – 23.

We will be publishing excerpts here.


WELFARE REVIEW AUSTRIA

Successor publication to The Carinthian. Published weekly (Saturday) by H.Q., Army Welfare Service, 38th Brigade, B.T.A. (British Troops in Austria), printed by Verlag Ferd. Kleinmayr in Klagenfurt, disseminated to British troops throughout Austria (not just Carinthia). First issue 22 March 1947, final issue 16 August 1947 (Nos. 1 – 22).

Availability:

University of Klagenfurt Library (I 32519). One bound volume of all 22 issues.

We will be publishing excerpts here.


B.T.A. WEEKLY JOURNAL

Published weekly (Thursday) by Education Branch, Headquarters British Troops in Austria (BTA), printed by Verlag Ferd. Kleinmayr in Klagenfurt, disseminated to British troops throughout Austria (not just Carinthia). First issue 13 April 1950, final issue 25 July 1953.

Availability:

University of Klagenfurt Library (IV 45517). Two bound volumes, 1950/51 and 1952/53.

Digital copies will be made available here.

For “economy reasons”, it was not possible for B.T.A. HQ to continue to “incur a bill for printing” the “Journal in its present form” and subsequent issues were printed by The Printing & Stationery Section of the Ordnance Depot (Austria). We’re looking for archive copies but haven’t found any in Carinthia so far.


THE TALLY-HO

Official Organ of the 15th (Huntingdonshire) Battalion “The Northamptonshire Regiment”, printed in Völkermarkt by Druckerei Zmuegg. First issue 17 November 1945, final issue 30 August 1946 (Nos. 1 – 19).

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Availability:

University of Klagenfurt Library (III 32265). Unbound collection of 19 issues.

We will be publishing excerpts here.


BRITISH MORNING NEWS

Daily newspaper (except?) published by Information Services Branch, Political Division, Allied Commission Austria (British Element), printed by Vorwärts-Verlag in Vienna. First issue 20 November 1945, final issue 19 June 1949 (Nos. 1 – 1,084). As of 25 December 1946, subtitled “The British Newspaper for Central Europe”.  Included a “Forces Supplement” published by British Forces in Austria on Wednesday and Sunday each week.

Availability:

  • Kärntner Landesarchiv, Klagenfurt (Signatur Z 22). Six bound volumes; catalogued as BRITISH MOURNING NEWS (very sic!).

AUSTRIAN PRESS REVIEW

Daily review of the Austrian press, including a news summary and pertinent excerpts from individual papers in English. Published daily except Sunday by Information Services Branch, Political Division, Allied Commission Austria (British Element) for members of the British occupying forces, printed in Vienna. Date of first issue uncertain, final issue 28 August 1948 (No. 895). As of 10 September 1946, titled VIENNESE PRESS REVIEW. Between 30 April 1946 and 30 September 47, included a supplement, PROVINCIAL PRESS SURVEY (Nos. 1 – 49), which gave a more analytical summary of the Austrian press by zone of occupation that was “NOT TO BE QUOTED IN THE PRESS”.

Availability:

  • Kärntner Landesarchiv, Klagenfurt (Signatur Z 23). The first volume begins with issue no. 104, dated 2 January 1946, suggesting the first issue could have been early September 1945. However, the first Austrian (weekly) newspaper, the Austrian Socialist Party’s Neue Zeit, did not appear until 28 October 1945, so what would the press review have reviewed in September?

DAILY NEWS REVIEW

Successor publication to the AUSTRIAN PRESS REVIEW (Z 23) published daily except Monday by Information Services Branch, Political Division, Allied Commission Austria (British Element) for members of the British occupying forces, providing a summary of world and Austrian news. First issue 11 June 1949, final issue 31 March 1950, Nos. 1- 238. In a farewell message printed in the final issue, High Commissioner and Commander-in-Chief T.J.W. Winterbottom wrote: “Forces Supplement will continue but it will be published in Klagenfurt instead of Vienna.” Given that the first issue of the B.T.A. Weekly Journal (see above) was published only two weeks later in Klagenfurt, he could have been referring to it.

Availability:

  • Kärntner Landesarchiv, Klagenfurt (Signatur Z 24). One bound volume (1 – 163), otherwise unbound (164 – 238).

2. German-language

MITTEILUNGSBLATT

Wall newspaper published in the immediate post-war period to share announcements and important news with the Austrian population; free copies also distributed to Austrian population in Klagenfurt. Published by the 8th Army’s Psychological Warfare Branch (P.W.B.). First issue 12 May 1945, final issue 6 June 1945, Nos. 1 – 20.

Availability:

  • Kärntner Landesarchiv, Klagenfurt (Signatur Z 21). Catalogued as published by “Presseabteilung der 8. britischen Armee”.
  • University of Klagenfurt Library (IV ES 32243, no hard copy, available only digitally). Issue No. 5 missing. Referenced by Robert Buchacher in his PhD as HBK IV 32243.

KÄRNTNER NACHRICHTEN

Daily newspaper (except Monday) published in Klagenfurt in German by the 8th Army’s Psychological Warfare Branch (P.W.B.). First issue 16 May 1945, final issue 31 December 1945, Nos. 1 – 193.

Availability:

  • ANNO (Österreichisches Nationalbibliothek, Historische Zeitungen und Zeitschriften)
  • University of Klagenfurt Library (IV 32244). Referenced by Robert Buchacher in his PhD as HBK IV 32244 and NB 743.794.D, but nowhere to be found; it is possible that the uni library disposed of its hard copies knowing that they were available at ANNO (above).

WELTPRESSE

Daily newspaper (except Sundays) first published by “British World News Service” (britischen Weltnachrichtendienst) then British Information Service (britischer Informationsdienst (from 226/1946) to provide “independent news and voices from around the world to the Austrian people”. First edition published Tuesday, 18 September 1945; last edition under the banner of the British occupying forces on 31 August 1950, subsequently subtitled “Das österreichische Informationsblatt” and published by “Welt am Montag”-Zeitungsverlags-Ges.m.b.H. Printed in Vienna (Vorwärts).

Availability:

  • ANNO (Österreichisches Nationalbibliothek, Historische Zeitungen und Zeitschriften)
  • Kärntner Landesarchiv, Klagenfurt (Signatur Z 6), 1 Jan 1946 – 28 Feb 1951.

WELTPRESSE, GRAZ AM ABEND

Daily newspaper published by the British Information Service and printed by Leykam (Graz). No further details available, pending research.

Availability:

  • Kärntner Landesarchiv, Klagenfurt (Signatur Z 7), 8 Dec 1947 (3rd year, No. 283) – 31 Aug 1950 (ceased publication). Bound volumes until 1 Jul 1950.

3. Slovenian

Koróška krónika (Carinthian Chronicle)

Weekly Slovenian-language newspaper published every Friday by Psychological Warfare Branch (P.W.B.), 8th Army, for dissemination (at a price) to the Slovene-speaking population in Carinthia. First issue 20 July 1945, final issue 28 April 1950, Nos. 1 – ???).

Details from Landesarchiv, to be verified & incorporated:

  • ab 3.8.1945: PWB. Britanske Zasedbene Sile Austriji (= Presseabteilung der britischen Besatzungsmacht in Österreich)
  • ab 4.1.1946: Britanska obveščevalna služba (= Britischer Nachrichtendienst
  • Nach dem 28.4.1950 mit dem NAS TEDNIK (Z 19) vereinigt (NAS TEDNIK KRONIKA)

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Availability:

  • Carinthia State Archive, Klagenfurt (Signatur Z 25). Bound; No. 1 and other issues missing; to be verified.
  • University of Klagenfurt Library (IV 32242). Four bound volumes – 1945, 1948, 1949 and 1950; 1946 and 1947 missing.

Updated 8 January 2024