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9 May: The world and inner wars of Howard K. Smith

Smith, whose brilliance reporting Berlin's destruction was equaled only by his flair for being his own worst enemy. (Photo: CBS.)

Smith, whose brilliance reporting Berlin’s destruction was equaled only by his flair for being his own worst enemy. (Photo: CBS.)

Edward R. Murrow’s World War II reporting team has earned a reputation for daring, often dangerous reporting. Murrow himself has traipsed the rooftops of London at the height of the Blitz, then accompanied deep bombing runs in the European war theater. Eric Sevareid has found himself lost in the Pacific when a military flight aboard which he flew went down with engine trouble during the Burmese-Chinese phase of the war in the Pacific. And Richard C. Hottelet has spent a few hours in a Nazi concentration camp.

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7 May: A momentable day, in more than one way

Ed Kennedy, who breaks the scoop of the war to date---and gets pinked for his trouble. (Photo: Associated Press.)

Ed Kennedy, who breaks the scoop of the war to date—and gets pinked for his trouble. (Photo: Associated Press.)

Very quietly, but most unconditionally, what’s left of the Third Reich following the death of Adolf Hitler surrenders one and all to the Allies, following the relentless, smothering Allied press into the heart of Germany. The rump Fensburg government of Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz—the surprise successor der Fuehrer named in the hours before his death, who knew in his heart that the Third Reich’s days were numbered almost in single digits when he took over—has lasted ten days since Hitler’s suicide.

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The wreckage left behind: Old-time radio listening, 9-10 May

Howard K. Smith: “The Most Massive Work of Concentrated Destruction . . .” (Combined American Networks, 9 May 1945)

Smith told an otherwise celebrating America just what was left in Berlin . . . and of the Third Reich. (Photo: CBS.)

Smith told an otherwise celebrating America just what was left in Berlin . . . and of the Third Reich. (Photo: CBS.)

The reporting team Edward R. Murrow assembled to cover World War II has earned a reputation for daring and often dangerous reporting. There was Murrow himself, traipsing the London rooftops at the height of the Blitz, then accompanying deep bombing runs. There was Eric Sevareid, lost in the Pacific when a military flight on which he was aboard during the Burmese-Chinese theater phase of the Pacific war went down with engine trouble, Sevareid parachuting to safety but unable to communicate for three days.

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Der Fuehrer’s fate: Old-time radio listening, 1 May

Der Fuehrer's death whips around the world and produces a least likely (and extremely temporary) successor . . . (Photo: Unknown.)

Der Fuehrer‘s death whips around the world and produces a least likely (and extremely temporary) successor . . . (Photo: Unknown.)

1945—“I have never wished a man dead,” Clarence Darrow once mused, “but I have read a great many obituaries with a great deal of pleasure.”

The world today may make an exception to Darrow’s first phrase, while obeying the second to the letter: Adolf Hitler’s death, believed to have occurred 30 April, is reported just over four months after der Fuehrer’s own final known radio broadcast.

The First Bulletin (BBC)—Stuart Hibberd reports.

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