This Week In November 1942 - The War Going On


As news of the war offered glimmers of hope that the tide was turning, there was still the herculean job of reporting it. Since the war was going on so many fronts, gathering up reports was a job that took remarkable skill and very often sheer luck.

Listening to this newscast from November 14, 1942 we take for granted now that access to news anywhere in the world at any time is as simple as the click of a button. But in 1942 it was all done live, via heavy censorship and at the whim of atmospheric conditions (as most overseas reports were done via Shortwave, not via telephone and certainly well before the advent of satellite). That anything got reported at all was something of a miracle and testimony to the sheer audacity of what was cutting edge technology at the time.

So in this particular newscast we have reports from North Africa, Moscow, "somewhere" in the South Pacific and London, and also the goings on in Washington all in the space of fifteen minutes. And a bulletin on the rescue of World War 1 flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker whose bomber was downed in the Pacific after a navigation mishap.

The stuff of eerie fascination at the time.

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