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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, 1942

Invasion, 1942

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(p.31) Chapter 2 Invasion, 1942
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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/9780190660628.003.0003

A small number of correspondents hit the North African beaches on D-Day 1942, among them Leo Disher, Bill Stoneman, and Hal Boyle. But a combination of combat chaos and communications failures meant that they were unable to tell the home front about the GIs’ first taste of combat. Instead, the invasion story was largely told by headquarters-based correspondents, especially Wes Gallagher of the Associated Press. During a long and illustrious career, Gallagher acquired a reputation as a fearless truth teller. In his first experience of America’s war he largely toed the military line, reiterating the rose-tinted accounts that Eisenhower’s press team fed him.

Keywords:   war correspondents, World War II, Operation Torch, Wes Gallagher, Dwight Eisenhower, Bill Stoneman, George Patton, censorship, military-media relations

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