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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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Dark Days

Dark Days

(p.120) Chapter 8 Dark Days
The War Beat, Europe

Steven Casey

Oxford University Press

Over the winter of 1943–44, the efforts by the Eighth Air Force to dominate media reporting faltered badly. The ill-starred Schweinfurt raid was the spark, since it focused attention on the high number of planes the United States was losing in daylight raids over Germany, rather than on the damage it was inflicting on the enemy. Newspaper journalists also began both to recoil from the depressing prospect of reporting the mounting losses and to resent the Eighth Air Force’s obvious bias toward glossy magazines like Time and Life. Only after the command shake-up at the start of 1944 did the reporters’ attitude toward the bombing war become more positive, and by that time the attention of much of the media had already turned to the ongoing land battles in the Mediterranean and the upcoming invasion of France.

Keywords:   bombing, Eighth Air Force, Ira Eaker, Henry Arnold, James Doolittle, Carl Spaatz, Schweinfurt, Time magazine, Big Week

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