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[Comparison of Allied and German Armies]

Monday, April 05, 1943

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

Episode #4.

Report by Elmer Davis, Chief of Office of War Information, describing the week's war news.

Discussion of success in Tunisia; it's too early to decide Rommel is finished. Germans are sending more soldiers there. Comparison of forces. Problems of transportation. A bad month for submarine sinkings.

Date is based on mention of President Roosevelt veto of the Bankhead Farm Bill, April 2, 1943.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 68900
Municipal archives id: LT193

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Elmer Holmes Davis

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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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