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NEWS FROM THE FRONT - War Correspondents on the Western Front 1914 - 1918

Farrar , Martin j.

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ISBN 10: 0750914947 / ISBN 13: 9780750914949
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1998 , new copy, hard bound in dust jacket, 7 x 10 , 238 pp , numerous illus. , notes , bibliog , index . . The reality of what actually happened on the First World War killing fields at Ypres, the Somme and Passchendaele was not widely known in Britain until long after the war had ended. But when at last the public learned the full story of how, over four bloody years, swathes of British soldiers had been mown down and blasted to oblivion to gain just a few yards of ground on the Western Front, there was a popular outcry. How could this have happened? Why had the people not been told the truth by the press? The sanitized image of war soon turned from one of noble sacrifice to a vision of mindless slaughter as the British public reacted to the lies created by the wartime propaganda process. Eighty years on, it is still difficult to believe that people on the Home Front had little notion of what was actually happening. At first branded as outlaws by Lord Kitchener and liable to arrest if found anywhere near the front line, by 1918 the war correspondents had become fully integrated into the military system as mouthpieces for the `official' version of events. News From the Front relates their troubled story and focuses in particular on the work of five men who became accredited to the British General Headquarters: William Beach Thomas, Philip Gibbs, Percival Phillips, Perry Robinson and Herbert Russell.Using a wide range of contemporary newspaper extracts to complement his narrative, the author reveals why the British Army allowed war correspondents to the Front in May 1915, and examines how they were controlled and their despatches censored to produce reports which enhanced the British position. He also describes how the great press barons of the day like Lord Northcliffe were willing to accept this censorship and play a key part in the great propaganda myth of the First World War. Their actions not only affected the mass media's credibility at the time, but also raised the possibility that, had the truth been told in the first place, the war could have been over long before 1918. N° de ref. de la librería 39256

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Tells the story of how war correspondents went from outlaw status at the beginning of WWI to full integration into the British wartime propaganda process, voluntarily censoring their stories for military authorities and misleading the English public about the massive casualties being suffered in Ypres, the Somme, and Passchendaele. Focuses particularly on the work of five men who became accredited to the British General Headquarters: William Beach Thomas, Philip Gibbs, Percival Phillips, Perry Robinson, and Herbert Russell. Distributed by Books International. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Martin J. Farrar is an administrator with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and lives in Milton Keynes.

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