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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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An Antidote to Complacency

An Antidote to Complacency

(p.159) Chapter 10 An Antidote to Complacency
The War Beat, Europe

Steven Casey

Oxford University Press

Robert Capa had taken a series of photographs of the paratroop mission to Sicily, but so far he had not enjoyed a happy war. His problems in getting to the front had mirrored the deeper problems the US military had encountered in getting good images of the battlefield. All this changed after Sicily. Not only did Eisenhower make a concerted effort to recruit more leading photographers, but senior officials in Washington, worried that the public had become too confident about a quick victory, also decided to allow the publication of grittier battlefield images. Capa was the first photographer to benefit from this policy change. He was soon joined by Margaret Bourke-White, also of Life magazine, who profited from Eisenhower’s willingness to allow more women journalists near the front.

Keywords:   Sicily invasion, Italian campaign, Salerno invasion, Robert Capa, Margaret Bourke-White, photojournalism, public opinion, Life magazine, women war correspondents

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