The Information Front: The Canadian Army and News Management during the Second World War by Timothy BalzerThe Information Front: The Canadian Army and News Management during the Second World War by Timothy Balzer

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

byTimothy Balzer

Paperback | July 1, 2011

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In wartime, it is not only success on the battlefield that determines victory. Winning hearts and minds is a vital part of military strategy and relies in large part on the effective management of how and what information is reported from the front.

In this illuminating study, Timothy Balzer explores how the Canadian military developed and relied on public relations units to manage news during the Second World War. The soldiers assigned to these units were mainly former journalists who, in what some have considered a challenge to journalistic objectivity, were responsible for censoring information, supervising and assisting war correspondents, coordinating policy with the Allies, and ensuring the steady flow of news to Canada.

Brought to life with public relations case studies from Dieppe, the Sicilian campaign, and Normandy that reveal clashes among individual commanders and politicians, the press, the military, the government, and the Canadian public, The Information Front offers a balanced and intelligent discussion of how the military used censorship and propaganda to rally support for the war effort.

Timothy Balzer has taught at the University of Victoria and for the Continuing Studies Division of the Royal Military College of Canada.
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Title:The Information Front: The Canadian Army and News Management during the Second World WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.64 inPublished:July 1, 2011Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774819006

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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

Editorial Reviews

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.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, who writes extensively on the Canadian news media