News Reports, World War II (7" Audiotape Reels), 1939 -- 1961


This series is part of Edward R. Murrow Papers, 1890 -- 1992

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Title: News Reports, World War II (7" Audiotape Reels)
Dates: 1939 -- 1961
Call Number: MS025.005.011
Size: 9.35 Cubic Feet

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This subseries consists of 18 (7") audiotape reels of Murrow's war reports during World War II, from 1939-45.

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  News Reports, World War II - Reel No. 1 1939-09-03 -- 1939-09-29

Reel No. 1 - 1939: According to accompanying index, reel contains the following. 'Personal Greetings from Professor Milo Ryan, on behalf of the University of Washington (Seattle), to Mr. Edward R. Murrow.
1939: Sept 3 - N. Chamberlain: "speaks from No. 10 Downing Street; 'Britain is now at war with Germany;' announcement of war plans."
1939: Sept 3 - E.R.M.: "2-hr. ultimatum to Germany unanswered; Chamberlain declares war; air raid sirens sounded but no planes appear."
1939: Sept 11 - "E.R.M.: "Britain not surprised by Canada's entry into war; press asks 'What kind of war is this?;' Russian position unknown."(handwritten note included in box reads: 'Britain defines its aims')
1939: Sept 14 - (E. R. M.): "R.A.F. Eyewitness report of Kiel canal bombing; notes on home front; increased activity in Russia."
1939: Sept 29 - "E.R.M.: "Describes British airfield; R.A.F. hits at Germany." (handwritten note included in box also reads: 'Sept. 29th English countryside')
7 1/2 ips; one track.
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  News Reports, World War II - Reel No. 2 1939-10-16 -- 1939-11-12

Reel 2 - 1939: Oct. 16: E.R.M. German bombs on Britain first time; Yugo/Germ. treaty signed; Oct. 21: E.R.M. Air attack on British convoy; reports Mr. Hore-Belishas speech (time on side of allies); also comments on Mr. Lloyd Georges speech; conscription underway. Oct. 29: E.R.M. Report on British broadcasting, T.V., movies and reading interests; Nov. 2: E.R.M. Lord Halifax on war aims; evacuations; interests centers on Fin.- Russ. negotiations; Nov. 12: E.R.M. Describes British village life; (reception poor in parts;). children evacuated; re: need of state socialism in Britain. [unknown source for content of this note]
Handwritten note reads: Wool against blue cloth; Oct 21 - First Aid battle - Everything is possible but nothing is likely; Oct. 24 - British Radio and TV - what Brit. reading.' (7-1/2 ips; one track)
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  News Reports, World War II - Reel No. 3 1939-11-15 -- 1939-12-23

Reel No. 3 - 1939:
Nov. 15: E.R.M. Commons secret sessions proposal rejected; British economic problems; Gracie Fields entertains at front; Nov. 19: E.R.M. British press speculates on fall of Hitler; describes Brit. military bases atmosphere; Nov. 28: E.R.M. New sessions of Commons; Butter scarce; Are British/French fighting U.S.s battle?; Dec. 4: E.R.M. British steamer sunk; Brit. to seize German export; 3% Brit. men are conscientious objectors; hearings described; Dec. 11: E.R.M. Broadcasting from train in tunnel; Dec. 23: E.R.M. Western Front quiet; introduces Brit. mother in message to children evacuated; re: need of state socialism in Britain.
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  News Reports, World War II - Reel No. 4 1940-01-18 -- 1940-06-01

Reel No. 4 - 1940: Jan. 18: E.R.M./W.L. Shirer: (Amsterdam); Tow-way report; travel in Europe; atmosphere in Europe; Germ; feel offensive will come in spring; Brit. believe blockade effective; food situation in Berlin, London; bottle clubs opening all over London; Berlins hit song: Were marching over England. Apr. 8: E.R.M. Discusses new use of radio; Lord Haw-Haw; May 30: E.R.M. British marines hold Dunkerque. May 31: E.R.M. Bad weather hampers German planes over Dunkerque; interview with British soldier after retreat; June 1: E.R.M. Dunkerque evacuation details; Nelson sinking unconfirmed. [unknown source for content of this note] (7-1/2 ips; one track)
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  News Reports, World War II - Reel No. 5 1940-07-19 -- 1941-01-15

Reel No. 5 - 1940: July 19: E.R.M. Hitler promises Brit. annihilation if war continues; air raids over Britain; details of sinkings; Aug. 24: E.R.M. and R. Bowman, L. LeSueur, E. Sevareid, V. Sheean, J.B. Priestly describing London after dark during an air raid; air raid is in progress during program; (BBC) Dec. 24: E.R.M. No raid; Christmas merriment scarce; carrols[sic] being sung underground; Hess prays for Hitler. Dec. 29: E.R.M. Conditions in shelters; R.A.F. hits invasion ports; Hitler may make Laval puppet premier;
1941: Jan. 2: E.R.M. R.A.F. hits Bremen; U.S. cargo ships will be leased to Brit; U.S. planes flown to Britain; Jan. 9: E.R.M. Churchill says Brit. survival depens[sic] on U.S. aid; Jan. 15: E.R.M. Brit. think their battle may be won or lost on Capitol Hill in U.S. Carrier Illustrious in port. [unknown source for content of this note] (7-1/2 ips; one track)
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  News Reports, World War II - Reel No. 6 1941-01-29 -- 1941-06-21

Reel No. 6 - 1941:
Jan. 29: E.R.M. (Manchester) : Describes trip from Belfast. Mar. 9: E.R.M. Describes British under air attack; Mar. 30: E.R.M. French convoy in Span. water; Describes visit to anti-aircraft factory; June 1: E.R.M. Brit. war office report on fall of Crete; first U.S. food ship arrives; Brit. re European shipping; Luftwaffe over London; June 21: E.R.M. R.A.F. activities; Russian/Germ. speculation decreases odds against war there.
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  News Reports, World War II - Reel No. 7 1941-06-22 -- 1941-08-14

Reel No. 7- 1941: June 22: W. Churchill: Speaks of Hitlers attack on Russia this morning; says he warned Stalin; Hitler launching a cataract upon mankind; We shall fight him on land, sea, air; promises whatever help possible to Russia; (Followed by comment by Messrs. E.R. Murrow and Elmer Davis (New York)); July 13: E.R.M. Russia/Britain sign agreement for mutual assistance; Germ. confident of success in Russia; British air offensive stepped up; Aug. 14: E.R.M. Roosevelt-Churchill meeting.
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  News Reports, World War II - Reel No. 8 1941-08-24 -- 1942-02-01

Reel No. 8 - 1941: Aug. 24: E.R.M. Reports Churchill speech re Atl. Meeting; Brit. Home Sec. pessimistic re Russia; Beaverbrook returns; R.A.F. hits N. France; Oct. 2: E.R.M. Fat, sugar rations to increase; U.S. Eagle squadron in action over Channel; B.B.C. monitors active; Oct. 22: E.R.M. Lords talk of 2nd front; Talk of more controls; press controls; Brit. humor; Oct. 23: E.R.M. More cries for second front; Oct. 29: E.R.M. Brit. rumored landing on French coast; Churchill speaks; Nov. 9: E.R.M. Analyzes situation prior to three months leave; (added in: Sum-up as E.R.M. leaves for states);
1942: Feb. 1: E.R.M. from Minneapolis; Brit. will invade Continent when we there to help; discusses bombing of Germany. [unknown source for content of this note]
(7-1/2 ips; one track) Handwritten note in reel box reads Nov. 9 [1941] Remembers events up to then- can we get better quality?. This is last time hell be talking to you for three months air raid warden who lost hand shell shocked boy-
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  News Reports, World War II - Reel No. 10 1942-09-02 -- 1944-06-05

Reel No. 10- 1942: Sept. 2: E.R.M. (Three Years of War) Reviews the role of the British in the war;
1943: Jan. 14: E.R.M. Brit. current problems analyzed; (added in: Chamberlain) Feb. 12: E.R.M. Discusses Churchills speech; analyzes peoples attitude toward war; Mar. 10: E.R.M. Munich bombed; Brit. attitude toward night raids; manpower shortages; Churchill re food shortages; Oct. 6: E.R.M. British angry over American criticism; Nov. 8: E.R.M. Details Hitlers speech; Nov. 9: E.R.M. Churchill lauds Russia; anticipates new forms of attack on Britain; Nov. 25: E.R.M. Thanksgiving in Britain;
1944: Apr. 20: E.R.M. Details bombing of France and Germany; June 5: E.R.M. French coast blanket bombed; German propaganda desperate. [unknown source for content of this note]
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  News Reports, World War II - Reel No. 10a 1943-12-03

Reel No. 10a - 1943: Dec. 3: E.R.M. Orchestrated Hell: Eyewitness account of a bombing mission over Belin; [unknown source for content of this note] (7-1/2 ips; one track)
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  News Reports, World War II - Reel No. 11 1944-06-06 -- 1945-01-19

Reel No. 11 - 1944: June 6: E.R.M. Reads Eisenhower's Order of the Day; June 6: E.R.M. and Paul White: in a two-way transatlantic conversation on news gathering and the invasion story; July 12: Chas. Shaw: (London): Children evacuated; France recognizes De Gaulle; July 22: R.C. Hottlet: (London): Discusses German revolt rumors; July 30: Chas. Collingwood (London): Discusses buzz bombs; Aug. 22: E.R.M. Germans tell people their position in France poor; London evacuation slows down; Dec. 31: E. Sevareid: (London): Describes New Year celebration; German attack at Meuse expected; shake-up in command; Disillusionment over British policy;
1945: Jan. 19: E.R.M. Interviewed by N. Runyon regarding experiences at C.B.S. correspondant[sic] in Europe. [unknown source for content of this note]
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  News Reports, World War II - Reel No. 12 1945-01-19 -- 1945-04-13

Reel No. 12 - 1945:
Jan. 19: E. Savareid (London): In a dialogue with Bill Henry (Washington); British happier over Greek policy; resent talk re slacking off in war; Jan. 24: L. LeSueur (London): Big three meeting date unknown; Himmler report at front; Brit. women will replace men for front line duty. Mar. 20: E.R.M. More re food problem; housing being discussed; Apr. 2: D. Edwards (London): British consider war almost over; opinion divided; Apr. 13: R. Trout (New York): Roosevelt Funeral. Comment on death of F.D.R.; Churchill calls cabinet meeting; Russians stunned; reaction from various parts of the world.
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  News Reports, World War II - Reel No. 12a 1945-04-15 -- 1961-12-11

Reel No. 12a - 1945: (Broadcast on:) Apr. 15: E.R.M. Liberation of Buchenwald. Eyewitness account of atrocities committed[sic] at Buchenwald concentration camp.
1961: Apr. 11/Dec. 11: Y. Lev: Eichmann Trial in Jerusalem. On-the-spot coverage of the Eichmann trial; (abridged). [unknown source for content of this note]
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  News Reports, World War II - Reel No. 12b 1961-04-11 -- 1961-12-11

Reel No. 12b - 1961: Apr. 11/Dec. 11: Y. Lev: Eichmann Trial (contd from 12a); On-the-spot coverage of the Eichmann trail in Jerusalem; (abridged). [unknown source for content of this note] (7-1/2 ips; one track)
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  News Reports, World War II - Reel No. 13 1945-04-27

Reel No. 13 - 1945: Apr. 27: E.R.M. Junction of U.S./Russian Armies: Recorded statements by Churchill and Stalin; Apr. 27: Richard C. Hottelet: (1st Army Hq.) Report of Junction at Elbe River; (Eyewitness account.) Apr. 27: Larry LeSueur: (3rd Army Hq.) Describes the Junction.
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  News Reports, World War II - Reel No. 14 1945-05-08

Reel No. 14 - 1945: May 8: E.R.M. VE-Day London: Describes Citys reaction; May 8: Winston Churchill: Recorded address on German surrender; May 8: King George VI: Gives thanks for great deliverance; notes that Japan still remains to overcome; memorializes the dead, praises soldiers and civilians who made peace possible.
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  News Reports, World War II - Reel No. 4 [a] 1940-09-08 -- 1940-09-12

Original reel box is labeled Tape number 4 but there is already a number 4 in this series. The [a] is to differentiate this reel from the first number 4 reel. Returned in fall 2008 by a researcher and thus cataloged out of order.
Original box reads: "Tape No. 4 Edward R. Murrow. Cut 1 Sept 8 1940 - 1466 (Good); Cut 2 September 9 1940 - 1469 (Excellend); last half Cut 3 September 10 1940 - 1470 (Good endpiece); Cut 4 September 11 1940 - 1471 (Good open); first 60 seconds Cut 5 September 12 1940 - 1472 (Excellent open).
Original reel box preserved: Scotch Magnetic Tape 311 Tenzar Backing, 1200 Feet, splice free.
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  News Reports, World War II Reel No. 9 1942-02-08 -- 1942-12-25

Reel No. 9. p.t.c. [sic on box] - 1942: Index pasted on back of original reel box. Feb. 8: E.R.M. From Dallas; Cripps warns U.S. re spectator attitude; May 19: E.R.M. Atlee repeats second front pledge; Churchill criticized for interfering in military plans; Cripps would nationalize mines; June 3: E. R. M. Govt. to control mines; Fuel ministry formed; July 17: [red checkmark next to it] E. R. M. Second front problems analyzed; Aug 12: E. R. M. British health good; Sept. 9: E. R. M. Brit. war costs 50 million dollars daily; home front plans and problems; Oct. 30: E. R. M. Brit casualties so far in air raids, merchant seamen; Nov. 2: E. R. M. Describes black-out life in London; Nov. 7: [red checkmark next to it] E. R. M. (Invasion of North Africa); Tripoli is the key; a well-kept secret; Will Russia be satisfied? Dec. 25: E. R. M. Brit. attitued toward Darlan's death."
(7 1/2 ips; single track). Reel box reads: Scotch recording tape, Tartan Series, All purpose, 1.5 Mil Acetate, 1200 Reet, splice free, 7# reel, stereo quality for finest recording; has exclusive life-time silicone lubrication (.635 cm x 364 m) 141.
Original reel box preserved in same box as reel. Returned in fall 2008 by a researcher and thus cataloged out of order.
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