Eight years ago I posted a thread based upon documents from the life of a granduncle of mine, particularly his letters while being posted as first general staff officer of the Wehrmacht's 73rd Infantry Division on the Kuban - wrongly in Military Current Events, which is why I'm not digging it up. However, at the wedding of my brother #4 last weekend, my godfather uncle gave me copies of parts from five successive 1943 issues of the "Kurhessische Landeszeitung" (the header notes it is united with the "Kasseler Post" for the duration of the war, serves as the Gau organ of the NSDAP and the official gazette of Kurhesse authorities). I gather my granduncle's wife kept them at her home in Kassel because they included considerable coverage of the fighting following the retreat across the Kerch Strait, separate from and beyond the daily Wehrmacht dispatches.
The biggest topic in this week from 26 to 31 October is actually a heavy British bombing attack on Kassel on the 22nd, however; in fact the header also says these are joint emergency issues with yet another paper, the "Kasseler Neueste Nachrichten", presumably because the latter had its offices or presses destroyed. Emergency decrees and reports of the attack's effects and measures addressing them are prominent, along with wrathful comments how this was a crime against humanity, yet totally different from what the Luftwaffe did to London; and uplifting stories about how citizens are pulling together, how German fighters are decimating enemy bomber formations outside the Reich's borders, etc.
The third spotlight is on events in Italy following the landing on Sicily, Mussolini's deposition and freeing, with much talk of treason by King Vittorio Emanuele III., the Italian aristocracy, various flag officers and, of course, the Jews; as well as cheering for the new Fascist republic. I would include various reports about the Mediterranean theater under this, since they tend to blame the Italian defection for anything that's gone wrong.
There is even some attention to events in the Pacific, mostly about Tojo holding two speeches before the Diet that week and a subsequent resolution for all East Asians to rise against Anglo-American imperialism. Also some small notes about Japanese attacks on New Guinea and in Burma, the loss of submarine USS Dorado, and the brilliant evacuation of Japanese troops from Kiska by submarine. And the government of Free India declared war on the UK and US. That'll help.
Some more coverage of lesser German allies and neutrals, like Finland, the Vichy regime and Sweden. One report concerns an exchange of wounded German and British POWs in Barcelona; I wasn't even aware that happened. Most interesting to me were political reports on the Allies, naturally focussing on intra-allied quarrels, inner dissent and alleged social hardships due to the war.
Beyond the timeless style of government propaganda, some reminded me of contemporary hyperpartisan "news". For example, there's one article highlighting that the Roosevelt administration is sheltering three million men from military service in its bloated bureaucracy; supposedly this is to secure the support of a certain class in the plutocratic war which the American people was forced into by a small clique of ambitious politicians and the country's financial rulers, who also control all of the media. Who knew that the Nazis were aware of The Swamp already?
It all happens to tie in quite well with various current TankNet discussions, including whether to invade France in 1943 and the role of the US in the demise of the British Empire. I have not the time I used to for translating and posting excerpts; given the mass, I wouldn't know which ones and where to begin, too. I thought that maybe people here could indicate particular interest in some or other of the fields above, so that I could post relevant headlines, from which again some of the most interesting could be chosen so I can translate the selection when I find the time on the weekend or so. Of course if it's just 20-line items, I could do that directly when listing headlines. I have to warn though that the last two or so lines on each page are cut off in the copies.
Edited by BansheeOne, 15 July 2019 - 1504 PM.