I was trying to think what would be the most appropriate post to go along with The Postmistress review when I had an epiphany. With a bulk of the novel revolving around Frankie’s news reports from the Blitz and Germany and France, wouldn’t it be great if we could hear some of these sorts of broadcasts? I was able to find a couple very good sources of WWII radio broadcasts, from both the United States and British reporters and some of the events are very similar to those featured in the story. Please click on the links below to take you right to the page for that radio broadcast.
A young boy describes surviving a bombing – from BBC
Message from HRH Elizabeth to the evacuees and their hosts – from BBC
Broadcast describing tube station shelters in London – from BBC
Children in Canada get to talk to parents still in London via radio – from BBC
Edward R. Murrow reporting from a London rooftop during the Blitz – from OTR.com
I hope listening to these clips have helped to put you into the mindset of the time. Partnered with the book, I think it really enhances the experience.
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