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The Information Front

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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

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An illuminating study of the Canadian military's use of public relations to manage news during the Second World War.

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


A thorough, balanced, and thoughtful examination of how the Canadian Army used censorship and propaganda to rally Canadians behind World War II. -- Jim DeBrosse, Ohio University * Journalism History, 37:2 (Summer 2011) * A well-researched and well-thought out study of how the Army's public relations apparatus functioned during the greatest war in Canadian history ... Balzer's is a most interesting book, a fine academic study that deserves a wide readership. -- J.L. Granatstein * Canadian Military Journal, vol. 12, no. 2, Spring 2012 *

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