Read e-book online Combat Reporter: Don Whitehead's World War II Diary And PDF

By John B. Romeiser

ISBN-10: 0823226751

ISBN-13: 9780823226757

Nobody bore witness higher than Don Whitehead . . . this quantity, deftly combining his diary and a formerly unpublished memoir, brings Whitehead and his reporting again to lifestyles, and 21st-century readers are the richer for it.-from the Foreword, by means of Rick AtkinsonWinner of 2 Pulitzer Prizes, Don Whitehead is without doubt one of the mythical newshounds of global battle II. For the linked Press he lined nearly each vital Allied invasion and crusade in Europe-from North Africa to landings in Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, and Normandy, and to the force into Germany. His dispatches, released within the fresh Beachhead Don, are treasures of wartime journalism.From the autumn of September 1942, as a freshly minted A.P. journalist in big apple, to the spring of 1943 as Allied tanks closed in at the Germans in Tunisia, Whitehead stored a diary of his stories as a rookie wrestle reporter. The diary stops in 1943, and it has remained unpublished before. again domestic later, Whitehead begun, yet by no means accomplished, a memoir of his outstanding existence in combat.John Romeiser has woven either the North African diary and Whitehead's memoir of the next landings in Sicily right into a vibrant, unvarnished, and fully riveting tale of 8 months in the course of essentially the most brutal wrestle of the battle. right here, Whitehead captures the fierce combating within the African desolate tract and Sicilian mountains, in addition to infrequent insights into the day-by-day grind of reporting from a battle region, the place tedium alternated with terror. within the culture of cartoonist invoice Mauldin's memoir Up entrance, Don Whitehead's robust self-portrait is destined to develop into an American vintage.

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After dinner—6 courses including roast beef, potatoes, salad, lemon ice and melon—we went curio hunting. The peddlers swarmed down on us. And there I met the professor—Professor T. Khaled, palmist and numerologist. ‘‘There is something which I will tell you free,’’ he said. ‘‘The war will end in April or May, 1943. There will be good news in the first week of January. In July there will be no more war. ‘‘Gandhi will die this year. The King of Italy will die next year. ‘‘By the end of December, the planets Venus, Neptune and Jupiter will be attached.

Despite these precautions, free quinine and mosquito nets over the beds were provided. But here the British have no quinine or at least there is no supply on hand today. There are no mosquito nets. The screening is poor. The prevention of malaria seems to be to stay indoors during the hours of darkness. Another striking impression one gets traveling across Africa is the vastness of the country. I didn’t and couldn’t appreciate what the problem of transporting troops and supplies to the African front could mean until I experienced this lesson in geography.

Boredom and a longing for the companionship of women are the two evils of living in these spots. There is little for recreation and after a few months the men become surly and their nerves cause tempers to flare. Heard a group of men in a normal conversation next door and their voices were loud and rasping. They argued incessantly and seemed to be ready to fight—when actually they were in good humor. Apparently they didn’t realize themselves how the country was effecting [sic] them. Visited General Fitzgerald’s residence.

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