By John B. Romeiser
Nobody bore witness greater 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 this quantity, deftly combining his diary and a formerly unpublished memoir, brings Whitehead and his reporting again to lifestyles, and 21st-century readers are the richer for it.-from the Foreword, through Rick AtkinsonWinner of 2 Pulitzer Prizes, Don Whitehead is likely one of the mythical newshounds of worldwide struggle II. For the linked Press he coated 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 ny, to the spring of 1943 as Allied tanks closed in at the Germans in Tunisia, Whitehead saved a diary of his reports as a rookie wrestle reporter. The diary stops in 1943, and it has remained unpublished in the past. again domestic later, Whitehead began, yet by no means accomplished, a memoir of his notable lifestyles in combat.John Romeiser has woven either the North African diary and Whitehead's memoir of the following landings in Sicily right into a shiny, unvarnished, and fully riveting tale of 8 months in the course of the most brutal strive against of the battle. the following, Whitehead captures the fierce scuffling with within the African barren region and Sicilian mountains, in addition to infrequent insights into the day-by-day grind of reporting from a conflict area, 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 develop into an American vintage.
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The only question was—where? 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.
This place is out of bounds to officers until 9:30, sir,’’ he said ‘‘and enlisted men aren’t supposed to be in town. ’’ The MP’s had rounded up all 13 of our soldiers and put them in the guard house. But later they took them over to the Ideal bar and held them in protective custody. ’’ Lieut. Morris, Toby and I took a sightseeing tour, trying to find a pair of half-top boots of good quality—made in Natal very cheap. 50 or 85 milreis. m. for the flight to Fisherman’s Lake, Liberia. They took us out to the big ship by boat—and it’s an amazing craft.
We went to the gate and asked an Egyptian in tuxedo to call our friend over. Instead he started shoving us away. ’’ he said. We shoved him back. ’’ The Gyppies [Egyptians] swarmed around but we said we wouldn’t budge until somebody called the lieutenant over. We were going to say goodnight or know the reason why. Finally the place was in an uproar. Half the crowd was for us—half against us. Then a couple of Australian MP’s came up to see what the trouble was. ‘‘All we want,’’ we said, ‘‘is to tell our friend goodnight.