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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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Invasion, 1944

Invasion, 1944

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(p.229) Chapter 14 Invasion, 1944
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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/9780190660628.003.0015

Only twenty-eight of the 530 accredited correspondents headed for France on June 6, 1944. Those remaining in London learned about the landing in an official briefing held in the early hours of the morning. Their D-Day stories, written many miles from the event, were therefore sketchy about key details. Upbeat reports from the landing at Utah beach reached the States a few days later. On Omaha beach, though, where the German resistance was fierce, the carnage was so great that Don Whitehead struggled to capture the grim reality in words. It was therefore left to other media forms to give Americans some sense of what D-Day had really been like. George Hicks grabbed a major scoop on D-Day with a broadcast he recorded during a German air attack. A week later Robert Capa caused an ever bigger splash with his dramatic photographs of Omaha beach.

Keywords:   D-Day, censorship, Wes Gallagher, George Hicks, Tom Treanor, Bill Stoneman, Don Whitehead, Robert Capa, radio broadcasting, photojournalism

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