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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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Going to War

Going to War

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(p.11) Chapter 1 Going to War
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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/9780190660628.003.0002

In the summer of 1942, as President Roosevelt pressed for America’s first offensive in North Africa, a group of battle-hardened correspondents were stuck in London, bored and frustrated by reporting distant battles. These reporters greeted Dwight Eisenhower’s arrival with skepticism. He lacked battle experience, and the early indications from his press team suggested that he was keen to censor almost anything they wrote. Yet Eisenhower quickly won these skeptical reporters over, demonstrating a tact and openness that were to become the hallmark of his years as supreme commander. As preparations for Operation Torch gathered pace, these reporters were also recruited onto the military team, although Eisenhower’s officers did not trust them with the biggest secrets.

Keywords:   war correspondents, World War II, Drew Middleton, Dwight Eisenhower, Franklin Roosevelt, Bill Stoneman, Operation Torch, censorship, military-media relations

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