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.
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