Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: The War's Mistakes

Monday, March 12, 2007

The War's Mistakes


"The loser of this war will be the side that makes the greatest blunders." Fussell quotes Hitler in saying this at the end of chapter two in Wartime. Throughout the chapter, Fussell makes it clear as to how inaccurate American and British air strikes were, with many not only missing their intended targets, but killing and wounding American ground troops. Although military officials were prevy to this information, about how grossly unsuccessful the air raids were doing, I am sure the American public had no knowledge of these failures; and I am sure that they were aware of the bombings that had gone successfully.

2 Comments:

Blogger bdenoyer said...

I think your exactly right I do not think the war department would allow the public to know all the faliures that the military had gone through but i am positive we knew when something positive for our side happens.

3/15/2007 1:01 PM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

Fussell's point is that war is full of accidents and screw-ups. How is the public kept from learning this? A combination of censorship and self-censorship are a big part of it.

What part does propaganda play in covering up the chaos and fog of war? Propaganda provides structure and order to situations that are often senseless and confusing.

4/10/2007 12:05 AM  

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