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The War Beat, EuropeThe American Media at War Against Nazi Germany$
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Steven Casey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190660628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190660628.001.0001

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Death in Winter

Death in Winter

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(p.178) Chapter 11 Death in Winter
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The War Beat, Europe
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Steven Casey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190660628.003.0012

Ernie Pyle arrived in Italy in November 1943 worn out by his earlier battlefield experiences. As the Allied campaign bogged down around a series of impressive German defensive positions, which were shielded both by rivers and mountains, Pyle found it easy to inject a note of realistic pessimism into his war reporting. The apogee of his efforts came during the Battle of San Pietro in December 1943, when he told the moving story of the death of Captain Henry T. Waskow, but Pyle was not the only correspondent to write in this vein. Homer Bigart and Hal Boyle also produced similar stories, as the Allied effort became bogged down in stalemate.

Keywords:   Italian campaign, Ernie Pyle, Henry Waskow, Battle of San Pietro, Homer Bigart, Don Whitehead, Richard Tregaskis, Hal Boyle

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