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POPULAR NEWSPAPERS DURING WORLD WAR II

Part 3: 1941 (The Daily Express, the Daily Mirror, the News of the World, The People & the Sunday Express)

Popular newspapers were one of the primary means through which ordinary people in Britain received their news about the war.  They now provide an excellent and immediate source for students and scholars alike, describing the progress of the war and its impact on the home front.  The papers provide:

  • Hundreds of thousands of photographs and maps - making the war more intelligible and reducing it to a human scale.  
  • Detailed accounts of the latest developments whether on the home front or the battlefield.  There are dramatic accounts of the German invasion of Greece and the battle for Crete, as well as of the launch of Operation Barbarossa - Hitler's invasion of Russia.
  • Insightful articles by leading writers and politicians, such as Beaverbrook, who wrote regularly for his own paper, The Daily Express, and Leslie Hore-Belisha who wrote features for the News of the World.
  • Masses of material for the study of popular culture, including The Daily Mirror's popular 'Victory V' campaign, which quickly spread from Churchill to the people, to the army and forces of resistance in occupied Europe.

Part 3 covers 1941, from the British capture of Tobruk, to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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