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War, Journalism and History

War Correspondents in the Two World Wars- With a foreword by Phillip Knightley

Edited By Yvonne McEwen and Fiona A. Fisken

War, Journalism and History is the first published work to examine an eclectic mix of correspondents during the two world wars who were prepared, often at great personal cost, to inform the public about the obscenity of warfare. Throughout both world wars the lack of credible information being dispatched from fighting fronts to the home front led to the creation of an information vacuum. The void was filled by war correspondents: the heroes, sometimes anti-heroes, of news reporting. This edited volume examines the lives and works of maverick war correspondents such as Richard Dimbleby, Vasilii Grossman, Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, Albert Londres, Vera Brittain, and others who, whether through the use of pen or camera, typewriter or radio, tried to secure the integrity of wartime reporting and accurately record history in the making.


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Stephen Badsey J. B. McDowell and British Official Filming on the Western Front 1916–1918


Stephen Badsey J. B. McDowell and British Of ficial Filming on the Western Front 1916–1918 At a curiously modest ceremony held on the Hohenzollern Bridge over the River Rhine in Cologne, Germany, in December 1918, Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, the victorious Commander-in-Chief of the British and British Empire forces that fought on the Western Front in the First World War, said farewell to his command, which had become the Army of Occupation of part of western Germany. Among those present were many of the of ficial war correspondents who had served with Haig’s headquarters, most of them the representatives of major British national newspapers, experienced professional reporters who had been given honorary rank and uniforms in return for an agreement between their organizations and the War Of fice regarding their behaviour and the terms of military censor- ship. Haig gave each of these men a small Union Jack f lag, together with his handshake and his thanks. ‘You have been the chroniclers of this war,’ he told them, ‘You have done fine work’.1 Five senior British reporters also received knighthoods; and although at the time and ever since opinions have dif fered as to the value and accuracy of their reporting, there has been no dispute as to their importance in shaping wider British public opinion at home: the newspapers for which they wrote are habitually described as by far the dominant medium through which the British public gained its information about the war.2 The agreed conditions...

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