THE WARCOS: THE WAR CORRESPONDENTS OF WORLD WAR TWO.

Collier, Richard.


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1st ed., 1989. X + 230 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. The Second World War was the most extensively reported war in all history. The ‘warcos' were the war correspondents from many nations who covered the range of battlefields: intrepid individuals, long on courage and short on introspection, comparable to the fighter pilots of the Battle of Britain or the commando brigades of D-Day. Or were they – as some thought – egocentrics and incipient alcoholics with little regard for ethics or truth? The reality lay somewhere in between. Himself a war correspondent for two years, Collier shows remarkably how scores of stories deemed likely to cause what the Home Office called ‘alarm and despondency', never reached the front pages: the near panic of the Dunkirk evacuation, for one, as well as the true damage wrought by the German raids on London. Often the warcos knew these truths but were powerless to pass them on to the public.


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