The Information Front: The Canadian Army and News Management during the Second World War

The Information Front: The Canadian Army and News Management during the Second World War

by Timothy Balzer

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Overview

In wartime, capturing the hearts and minds of the citizenry is arguably as important as victory on the battlefield. The Information Front explores the Canadian military’s use of public relations units to manage news during the Second World War. These specialized units were responsible for providing sufficient and positive news coverage to Canadians at home. This fascinating study traces the transformation of an emergent PR organization into an efficient publicity machine. It also scrutinizes news coverage and PR activities during major Canadian operations at Dieppe, Sicily, and Normandy to reveal how the military used censorship and propaganda to rally support for the war effort.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774818995
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication date: 12/17/2010
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Timothy Balalzer has taught at the University of Victoria and for the Continuing Studies Division of the Royal Military College of Canada.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Canadian Army Public Relations and War News in the Second World War 1 The Beginnings: The Growth of Canadian Army PR and Policy, September 1939 to June 1943 2 Learning through Trial and Error: Sicily and Italy, July 1943 to June 1944 3 The Publicity Machine: The Northwest Europe Campaign and Beyond, June 1944 to May 1945 Part 2: Case Studies 4 "Sugaring the Pill": Selling Dieppe to Canadians 5 Public Relations Triumph, Press Relations Debacle: The Invasion of Sicily 6 Murder, Massacre, and Friendly Fire: Three Normandy Case Studies Conclusion Appendices Notes Bibliography Index / xx

What People are Saying About This

Chris Dornan

An immensely readable and very illuminating history. Others have focused on the battlefield correspondents, but Balzer shows us that what Canadians knew about their army’s actions during the Second World War was shaped, in large measure, by the military public relations apparatus.

J.L. Granatstein

This is an important and original history of the Canadian Army's overseas public relations during the Second World War that is based on impressive research in Canadian, US, and UK primary sources.

From the Publisher

"This is an important and original history of the Canadian Army's overseas public relations during the Second World War that is based on impressive research in Canadian, US, and UK primary sources."—J.L. Granatstein, author of Canada's Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace

"An immensely readable and very illuminating history. Others have focused on the battlefield correspondents, but Balzer shows us that what Canadians knew about their army’s actions during the Second World War was shaped, in large measure, by the military public relations apparatus."—Chris Dornan, Director of the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs at Carleton University

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