Army & Navy - COMMAND: Truth and War News

Joseph Stalin said five weeks ago that the Russians had killed 4,000,000 Germans. Adolf Hitler last fortnight put his dead at 542,000. What was the truth? Citizens of the democracies could still read and listen to what both sides said, and draw their own conclusions. One conclusion has been that you cannot always trust army communiqués—even from your own army.

Faced with the problem of reporting the true state of the battle while withholding facts which might comfort the enemy, few generals find it easy to state the bitter, unqualified truth in communiqué...

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