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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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The War Beat, Europe

Steven Casey

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When the Allies finally broke out of Normandy toward the end of July 1944, they did not receive a universally good press. Pyle almost became a victim of friendly fire, as a massive Allied bombing strike against German positions went awry. This time, Eisenhower immediately released news of the mistake, much to the irritation of the air force. Even after American tanks began racing across France in early August, problems persisted. While the military tightened censorship on big events, such as Patton’s re-emergence on the battlefield and the battle to close the Falaise pocket, correspondents found this the most dangerous moment of the war.

Keywords:   Operation Cobra, friendly fire, Drew Middleton, Ernie Pyle, air force, Ernest Hemingway, media-military relations, censorship, George Patton, Wes Gallagher

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