March 26, 2012

Allied troops in Germany. More prisoners than they could handle.

News on this day in March, 1945 was given over entirely to news of the War. With advances going at lightning speed, it was a question of days before the war in Europe would be over. There was still a lot of fighting going on, but the gains were substantial and the prisoners were numerous.

Meanwhile, in the Pacific, the gains were also substantial, but so were stories of atrocities in The Philippines with retreating Japanese forces torching everything in sight and going on mass killing sprees of civilians. the Tokyo radio also reported an impending invasion of Okinawa, which would prove to be the last big battle of the Pacific region.

After the newscast, via the NBC World News Roundup for March 26, 1945, there is also an on-the-scene shortwave report given as the first broadcast to the U.S. from inside Germany since before the war began.

It was certainly understandable that people were starting to get very excited.

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