A Week’s Worth Of War – November 4, 1944

Plenty to keep everyone busy.

Plenty to keep everyone busy.

NBC Radio – War Telescope – November 4, 1944 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

As the war continued throughout 1944, news regarding the latest advances and battles going in Western Europe had many feeling the war might very well be over by the end of the year. However, the opinion on the ground and the soldiers involved in those battles told a more sobering story. Everything won was hard fought over, and the invasion of Fortress Europe was no easy feat.

And news regarding the War was constantly changing. So in addition to daily reports and nightly recaps, news programs devoted to discussing the in-depth (where possible due to censorship) aspects of the war were popular and essential listening for those with relatives or loved ones fighting in those battles.

The weekly program War Telescope, devoted its 15 minutes to discussing the nuts-and-bolts aspects of fighting the war. In this episode for November 4, 1944, a discussion regarding the use of airborne troops, both paratroopers and troops in gliders, was brought up with a group of soldiers just back from the latest series of fighting in Holland. All those interviewed were wounded and recovering, and were discussing their experiences as part of glider and airborne units.

Obviously, the interviews are far from spontaneous – they are scripted, all the way down to the humorous asides. But it brought the experience of the soldier fighting in this war closer to those at home, listening about it.

So, to get an idea of what the day to day battles, and the drive to Berlin were like, here is that episode of War Telescope for November 4, 1944.

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