17 September: To free the Dutch

The Allied campaign to liberate the Netherlands from the Nazi grip is underway in earnest.



Edward R. Murrow: Counting the Parachutes (CBS, 1944)

Murrow. (Photo: CBS.)

Murrow. (Photo: CBS.)

His habitual flying aboard bombing runs married to his London Blitz rooftop reporting has prompted many at CBS and even his own wife to ponder whether Murrow has a death wish. Today is additional evidence: Murrow flies aboard such a run to report on the Allied invasion of the Netherlands. The surviving recording will last a mere minute; what he reported will endure—particularly for the Dutch.

Special Report: Announcing the Invasion (BBC, 1944)

The BBC discloses the news of “strong forces” landing this afternoon, such as those Murrow will describe right aboard their aircraft, launching the invasion in earnest.

Special Report: “Let us say to each other this was the Lord’s doing”: Montgomery Addresses His Troops (BBC, 1944)

Gen. Bernard Montgomery speaks to his charges via radio, celebrating enemy losses in D-Day and its aftermath and bracing them for the Dutch invasion about to begin.


World War II: Other

Special Report: A Secret House of Commons Session (BBC, 1940)

At the height of the London Blitz’s destruction, knowing British troops fear government sessions might further endanger the effort against the Third Reich, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces three measures in the House of Commons on behalf of keeping the body’s sessions secret from enemy ears, and toward protecting House members under pending Nazi attacks on their building.


Further Channel Surfing . . .

Vic & Sade: Uncle Fletcher Cleans House (Comedy; NBC, 1941)
The Great Gildersleeve: McGee’s Invention (Comedy; NBC, 1944)
The Whistler: Sing a Song of Murder (Crime drama; CBS, 1945)
The Mel Blanc Show: Mel Bakes a Prize-Winning Putty Cake (Comedy; CBS, 1946)
My Favourite Husband: Liz and the General (Comedy; CBS; AFRS Rebroadcast, 1948)
Richard Diamond, Private Detective: The Jerome J. Jerome Case (Crime drama; NBC, 1949)
Our Miss Brooks: Elopement with Walter (Comedy; CBS, 1950)
Suspense: Doctor of Poison (Mystery/thriller; CBS, 1951)
You Bet Your Life: The Secret Word is “Chair” (Quiz/game; NBC, 1952)
General Electric Theater: Cyrano de Bergerac (Dramatic anthology; NBC, 1953)
Gunsmoke: Thoroughbreds (Western; CBS, 1955)

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