Thursday, January 29, 1942
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
An unidentified speaker (label indicates the name is D. Sharp) delivers an update on the war effort and makes general claims about patriotism and the role of citizens in the war.
The US has set as its immediate goal a complete victory over the Axis aggressors. Since Pearl Harbor, the American people are determined to mobilize for the total destruction of German and Japanese militaries. The task ahead of us is a gigantic one. This is a war of their choosing. Their war machines are running at maximum capacities. The Axis powers have had greater experience at operating weapons. The striking power of Hitler's Germany appears to be great for launching a major offensive. They are likely to fight on until fully defeated. A brighter side: obvious weaknesses in our opposition. The Axis powers must break out of the continent. Europe and Asia, minus Russia, don't produce enough fuel power for an indefinite continuation of machine warfare. An update on German rations. Ship building effort. Naval program.
What we have most to fear is not the Axis, but too great a sense of complacency here at home. People must be told the hard truth; final victory is not served by sugar coating losses. Berlin and Tokyo are likely to resort to devious behaviors designed to pull us from Great Britain. We shall need to have faith in our chosen leaders. Our goal is to build a better world for our children to live in. Our freedom can no longer be taken for granted. A durable peace.
Audio courtesy of the City University of New York
WNYC archives id: 71452