What The Papers Said In WW2 — David Seed — 15th September 2014.

David based his talk on the head­lines and front pages of 14 British and American news­pa­pers during the build up and the war years.

The radio was in its infancy and major com­mu­nic­a­tion with the public was through the prin­ted word. The papers were duty bound to report the facts but also to strive for that bal­ance between good and bad news. Nevertheless, it was not unknown for news­pa­pers to be used for pro­pa­ganda to max­im­ize the suc­cesses and play down the set­backs.

Early head­lines were:

Chamberlain declares ‘Peace in our Time’   1938 con­fer­ence.
War Declared     3rd September 1939.
Chamberlain to resign   10th May 1940.

 Major events and stages in the war were splashed across the head­lines.

Japanese bomb Pearl Harbour.
Bismark sunk.
Rommel Surrounded.
H.M.S Hood Sunk.
Nazis Halted before Moscow.

 The Americans join the war. The Italians switch sides.

Italy takes the Plunge. 11th June 1940.
Italy declares War on Germany.  14th October 1943.
The Yanks join us.

 The run up to the end of the war was chron­icled.

The Allies are in Rome.
Decisive Battle for France has been won 19th August 1944.
Unsinkable sunk/Blasting of Dresden 14th February 1945

And finally.

Celebrate , The War is Over.

By the end of the war, broad­cast­ing made a sig­ni­fic­ant con­tri­bu­tion in keep­ing the public informed of the build up to the sur­render

An import­ant topic for mem­bers of Stumperlowe Probus Club and a massive reminder of the debt we owe to the gen­er­a­tion that made us free. As usual, there were plenty of ques­tions and com­ments from the floor, par­tic­u­larly from Eric Allsop who was there and helped make the head­lines.