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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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Defeat at Kasserine

Defeat at Kasserine

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(p.62) Chapter 4 Defeat at Kasserine
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The War Beat, Europe
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Steven Casey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190660628.003.0005

The crushing defeat that Erwin Rommel’s tanks inflicted on American troops at Kasserine Pass in February 1942 initially reinforced the military’s tendency to accentuate positive stories. Yet battle-hardened reporters like Drew Middleton increasingly challenged this rosy line. The Anglophile Middleton also became worried by the growing antagonism between the American and the British troops and the reporters at the front, and in response he forged a close relationship with Eisenhower’s headquarters. As well as revealing the ramifications of the Kasserine defeat, Middleton and Eisenhower’s public relations officers (PROs) joined forces to emphasize Anglo-American cooperation—although some news organizations, including the Chicago Tribune, would always view the British ally with a jaundiced eye.

Keywords:   war correspondents, World War II, Kasserine Pass, censorship, Ernie Pyle, Drew Middleton, Dwight Eisenhower, Anglo-American relations, Chicago Tribune, PROs

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