[Updates on Tunisia]

Friday, March 12, 1943

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

Episode #1.

The first report by Elmer Davis, Chief of Office of War Information.

German counter-attack in the Southern Ukraine. Russians in the North; costly German successes in the South. Men and women are being forced in to German service; other means of drafting. Russian campaign is the greatest in all history. German Field Marshall Rommel in Tunisia. The weather changes expected in Tunisia may impact the German submarine's success in sinking of Allied forces ships. It has been a quiet week in the Pacific. The Lend Lease Act has been renewed. Tax week.

Date based on historic New York Times article.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 68885
Municipal archives id: LT191


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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