Even though Italy Quit - Germany had no intention of leaving.

Even though Italy Quit - Germany had no intention of leaving.
Even though Italy Quit – Germany had no intention of leaving.
Download For $1.99: - September 8, 1943 - News and Shortwave Reports - NBC - Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Shortwave News reports – September 8, 1943 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

News for this September 8, 1943 was considered hopeful, but not the last word.

Italy signed an unconditional surrender to the Allies on this day, ending their involvement in the War. However, because Italy was part of the Axis, Germany wasn’t about to quietly leave and head home. The war was going to be long and involved, and the road to Rome wasn’t going to be a cakewalk by any stretch of the imagination.

But the news was dramatic and this series of broadcasts captures much of the breathless anticipation that Italy was now out of the war and that meant; one down, and two to go.

This series of news reports come via Allied Headquarters in North Africa and were not intended for broadcast. It gives some idea of how on-the-spot news coverage happened during World War 2 – and in some cases, how iffy a proposition it was, since shortwave broadcasting was up to the whims of the atmosphere. The reports, primarily for designated newspapers, were files dispatched from reporters in the field. Interspersed with reports from broadcast journalists, which were carried live during the appropriate newscasts. Early in the war, all reports were broadcast live which created problems, particularly when a signal kept fading in and out. It wasn’t until toward the end of the war that reports were recorded for later broadcast.

Here are those reports, as they were originally broadcast on September 8, 1943.




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