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"Our casualties not heavy": how British press covered the Battle of the Somme

Jewell, John 2016. "Our casualties not heavy": how British press covered the Battle of the Somme. The Conversation 2016 (30 Jun)

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Abstract

The battle of the Somme, which began on July 1, 1916, was the most brutal encounter of World War I, characterised by loss of life and attritional trench warfare. On the first day of combat, 19,240 British men lost their lives. But this was heralded in the British press as part of a “day going well for Britain and France”. The job of a journalist covering World War I was incredibly difficult and when looking back at some of the misleading press reports of the time it’s important to remember the constraints under which reporters operated. Apart from the physical difficulties and dangers involved in getting words and images from the front back to newsrooms at home, the law prevented the questioning of official information.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
Publisher: The Conversation Trust
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2016 10:45
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/92372

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