[Communist International, Office of War Mobilization, Ration Books]

Friday, May 21, 1943

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Number 11.

Report by Elmer Davis, Chief of Office of War Information, provides weekly update on the war.

-Dissolution of the Communist International
-Creation of the Office of War Mobilization headed by Former Supreme Court Justice James F. Byrnes
-Applications for ration books

Ends abruptly.
-Rubber strike ends

[Poor quality original.]

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 68911
Municipal archives id: LT198


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About Elmer Davis: Progress Of War

World War II era 'weekly war review' delivered by the Director of the Office of War Information in 1943. It includes musical numbers, tactical information, and ways in which the public can aid in the war effort.

OWI Director Elmer Davis's reports to Americans at home and abroad aim to maintain support among Americans in war efforts. Many reports focus on events in Tunisia and explanations of ground strategy, giving the listener an interesting perspective on how the U.S.  government wanted to report on the war.

Davis was appointed to head the Office of War Information by President Roosevelt on June 13, 1942. He had been a well-known writer and radio commentator and was tasked with being the chief informant to the nation and the world on the U.S. war effort.


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