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Part 5: 1944-1945 (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
  • Detailed accounts of the latest developments whether on the home front or the battlefield.
  • Insightful articles by leading writers and politicians, such as Chapman Pincher mulling over the implications of dropping the atomic bomb on Nagasaki (in the Daily Express), Leslie Hore-Belisha (former War Minister) writing on American post-war responsibilities in the News of the World, and Bernard Shaw writing on 'Stalin, Russia, Socialism and the Beveridge Report' in the Sunday Express.
  • Masses of material for the study of popular culture.

Part 5 covers the period from 1944-1945.  After the turning points of 1943 there was no quick or easy route to victory.  The war was finally over, but at what cost? And to whom?

The Daily Mirror

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