Clare Hollingworth had been a Daily Telegraph correspondent for less than a week when she spotted a massive buildup of German tanks near the Polish border. Her report that an attack seemed imminent hit the front page three days before World War II began.Read more
Monthly Archives: August 2020
Charles de Gaulle’s parade down the Champs-Élysées was to be the highlight of liberation celebrations on August 26, 1944, but gunfire from snipers along the route and even inside the Notre-Dame cathedral dampened the mood of the day.Read more
The liberation of Paris was a day war correspondents in Europe had anticipated like no other, and the reality didn’t disappoint.
The magnitude of August 25, 1944 was such that, in Ernie Pyle’s words, “A good many of us feel we have failed in properly presenting the loveliest, brightest story of our time.”Read more
As Allied forces drove toward Paris in August 1944, war correspondents had a firsthand reminder of the dangers of their chosen profession.Read more
New York Times science writer William L. Laurence joined the War Department as a “special consultant” to the Manhattan Project in the spring of 1945. That assignment put him in position to watch the bombing of Nagasaki firsthand from a B-29.Read more
John F. Kennedy’s heroic brush with death aboard the PT-109 in August 1943 put him in the spotlight, and he soon carved out a public persona of his own.Read more