By John B. Romeiser
Not anyone bore witness higher than Don Whitehead . . . this quantity, deftly combining his diary and a formerly unpublished memoir, brings Whitehead and his reporting again to existence, and 21st-century readers are the richer for it.-from the Foreword, by means of Rick AtkinsonWinner of 2 Pulitzer Prizes, Don Whitehead is likely one of the mythical newshounds of global warfare II. For the linked Press he lined virtually 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 contemporary Beachhead Don, are treasures of wartime journalism.From the autumn of September 1942, as a freshly minted A.P. journalist in manhattan, 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 The diary stops in 1943, and it has remained unpublished beforehand. again domestic later, Whitehead begun, yet by no means complete, 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 bright, unvarnished, and entirely riveting tale of 8 months in the course of essentially the most brutal wrestle of the warfare. the following, Whitehead captures the fierce combating within the African wilderness and Sicilian mountains, in addition to infrequent insights into the day-by-day grind of reporting from a conflict sector, the place tedium alternated with terror. within the culture of cartoonist invoice Mauldin's memoir Up entrance, Don Whitehead's strong self-portrait is destined to turn into an American vintage.
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16081$ $CH2 04-30-07 11:25:04 PS PAGE 44 Cairo Journal, October–November 1942 45 During the start of the chase, I was fighting the battle of communique´s at the Cairo press headquarters in the Immobilia building, learning the art of writing what are known to the trade as ‘‘colorful’’ and ‘‘gripping’’ battle stories for maps, briefings and handouts. The routine rarely varied. m. in New York) the correspondents gathered in the press room for a briefing by a colonel from public relations, who had been no nearer the front than a tall rum drink on Shepheard’s Terrace.
The poor censor was in a much worse position than Lo, the poor Indian. If a story brought unfavorable reaction from a General, the censor who passed the story caught hell. If there was a ‘‘poor’’ public reaction, from the army point of view, the culprit was the censor. He was bedeviled, be-damned, berated from all sides. And each story he handled was potential dynamite to his army career and the goodwill of his superiors. The basic difficulty was in the correspondents’ interpretation of security and the military interpretation.
And she might do it, too, ‘cause she’s got the sex appeal. October 16, 1942 Cairo A delightful dinner at Colonel Hayne’s residence with Capt. Stratton, Colonel Devenbeck and Major Spicer (he didn’t look like the Harlan [Kentucky] Spicers). We had tomato juice, pork tenderloin, sweet potatoes, a strange vegetable I’d never eaten before, chocolate pudding, and figs and dates. Afterward there was Turkish coffee in the living room. Colonel Hayne was military attache´ in Moscow for two years and had been in Thailand, the Balkans and in Europe.