The Press: War Reporting, 1940

From Swansea, in Glamorganshire, to Southend at the mouth of the Thames, and all along the south coast of Britain, last week newsmen had passably good seats at the Battle of Britain. At Dover was the greatest concentration. Newsmen in tin hats and civilian clothes took their stand on Shakespeare Cliff, high above the English Channel, sat on camp stools and shooting sticks while British and German planes fought in the sky, amused themselves in slack intervals by giving names to Dover's roly-poly barrage balloons: King Lear, Lord Castlerose, Göring (painted with medals), Puddin' Pie.

In London while Nazi bombers laid eggs...

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