RECORDOGRAPH – AMERTAPE –D-DAY INVASION
June 6, 1944, 6:00am D-Day WJZ in NY
58:46 1-0089.aif – news – pre-invasion talk – David Wills-
Early Morning Invasion Day – Hal Peters from London-
Great Navy’s role – mine sweeping – bombardment of shore-
Quality 2-Description of pontoons to transport to beach-
US, British, Canadian, and other Navys: Norway, Poland, Greece & Netherlands
Communique #1 3:32AM Invasion began, stars and stripes forever song played
Marines 1-Coast Guard and Marines are participating on the ships-Marines are manning secondary guns on some of the ships
2-WJZ in NY
3-George Hayes-back to Kiernan
4-Normandy-100 miles to Paris-shortest route
5-Adolf Hitler is taking control of all invasion responses
6-Musical salute to armed forces
7-Walter Kiernan in NY
8-Talked of Russia-German losses in Russia-large losses
9-Talk of Rommel-the Desert Fox
is now the Beaten Fox
10-Making fun of Hitler’s ability to command
11-Charles Shaw in London-Report from the people of London –Man in the street interview
*12-Communique #1 was read from a room in London at the Hdqters. 9:32 London Time
quality 2-0086.qif - Marine Corp Anthem Hymn – Walter Kiernan continuation of tape 0089.qif & Paul Nielson talking about
American Industry, war effort, and war products; Women working in war effort. Nurses. Wrightfield war production etc. – Dayton, Ohio
1-Rehash of 1st hour – more music – call to prayer
2-“General Eisenhower’s D-Day Speech” to the world.
3-Advice to underground armies and resistance fighters
4-“Reverend William T Manning broadcast of prayer for d-day” and all mankind. Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of NY
5-John Charles Thomas-Prayer Song
6-Eleanor Roosevelt –message for women of the US with soldiers – Pray! Exclusive Blue Network Broadcast
1-Off air check –raw audio footage of young people fooling around
2-Fooling around recordings (Forest Hills, NY) pompous, pithy goofballs
1-Doyen St George with latest “Hot” invasion news
Mostly rehash of original information
2-Correspondent flew above the invasion and reported-I have that tape! WJZ-NY
3-Washington Blue Network Reporters – report
4-Ray Henley – report from Pentagon. Interesting note, Pentagon was empty at the time of invasion, even those working on the plans didn’t know when it would happen TOP SECRET??
5-General Sorrel and General Pershing first notified press of invasion.
6-David Wills- Invasion Geography report
7-Francis J Spellman – Prayers Archdiocese of NY
8-Kept trying to “Take you now to London” FAIL
35:06 010b.qif – June 7th 1944 12:00am to 12:10am
Quality 1-Broadcast announcement that you’re about to hear the famous George Hicks – European Bureau Chief of the Blue Network standing on the deck of warship and watched the invasion 10 miles away. “as he spoke he talked into a United States Navy film recorder (Recordograph machine) .” It was the first battle broadcast of the invasion. Historical recording of one of the greatest events in human history.
2-Report about German defenses on road to Paris. “Atlantic Wall”.
3-John Moroso reported wind and choppy waters almost derailed the invasion . Originally invasion was postponed 24 hrs due to bad weather.
4-United States 1st division spearheaded the Invasion
5-General news about war in the Pacific, etc etc
6-Commerical for cars etc
** 8:15PM WOR NY – Mutual Network
7-George Hicks famous report broadcast AGAIN
8-Fall of Caen – 4,000 German prisoners
36:59 017a.qif WJZ-NY
1-More news-London update – Propaganda from London broadcast to Europe as Invasion comes, don’t exact revenge-sabotage stuff-obey
Allied command, etc. Frence, Belgians, etc.
Quality Paul Nielson-Report of D-Day false starts to through them off. Caen ß Battles with Germans
1-Description of the Pre-Invasion Air Forces – Major Richardson – C-
47 paratrooper plans –paratrooper Invasion details.
2-Complete detailed D-Day Airborne paratroopers description from take off to drops in France.
3-Right Brown?? Frank
4-Paul Nielson –New report-fighting 10 miles in
5-June 6, 1944
6-Nielson Re-cap – A.E.F.-Allied expeditionary Force
7-John W. Vandecook-From London – Editorial Explanation of Invasion
8-Walter Kiernan-Editorial filler on pre-war and war. Ramsey – Commander in Chief of Navy for Invasion
Mallory Air Force
Dolittle – Commands bombing of Berlin
017b.qif - James Weather from London flew in
59:00 1-Bomber just before Invasion-Manreder Bombers Air & Sea were owned by Allies
Description of flight and commentary to bomb run
Back to Walter Kiernan Editorials –Bulletins –etc.
H.R. Faukridge from Washington, DC re-cap etc
WJZ – NY – base to Walter Kiernan – re-cap –
Back to James weather with bomber re-cap
Ray Howly from Pentagon
David Wills – Englishmen – Perspective of now
1:08.22 018a.qif – George Hicks raw tape July 4,5,6
Set up sounds –cycles
*** 1-George Hick reporting from London
Picked up in London with famous writers Hemingway, Joseph Driscol, Tom NY Times, etc.
2-George Hicks-Pre-invasion report-ships,troops, etc. etc. loading area description on D-Day.
*** 3-Report from ship at anchor before leaving-
4-Back to U.S.-Charles Collingswood
*** 5-Back to George Hicks June 5, 1944 from deck of US warship – not
Going today because of weather – same of June 4 – 22 knot winds
6-Boats are packed and ready to go, 4,5,6, - 3 days of lowest tides optimum-
7-Just received word they are going – D-DAY!!!!
11:00 1-George Hicks an deck of warship – sees P-38 fighter bomber.
Just passed a mine! On ship description 25 miles from English coast – 75 miles to France
14:00 2-Signal bridge of American warship 20 minutes to 6:00AM – LST’s
Going in- Great description of naval guns – bombers overhead. Great battle description!!! Shore bombardment
6:30am – forces are just landing! H-hour
3-George Hicks 5:00 pm – description – new ships coming over – invasion continuing
15 knots-Admirals flagship
****30:00** 4-George Hicks-Almost dark, end of 1st day of invasion, planes overhead-German-FAMOUS report
40:00 They got one-down Nazi plane –
10 minutes past 12 – JU-88 1st plane
40mm gun #42 shot down plane-40mm anti aircraft gun
June 7, 1944
George Hicks-9:00am 7/7/1944-2nd day of invasion –interviews of
Men on beach
**50:00** AIR RAID-in middle of interview!!!!
**55:00** Describes Radiograph Machine in LCVP – getting wrecked from choppy seas getting machine ruined, owes Navy Corp 1 recorder – still works!!
** More from the beach
**59:00** In a Bomber recording – description from the air over D-Day – Marauder Airplane – bombing run, interviews in the plane!
10:00 018B.qif – air raid sirens-bombs exploding, destruction, BOMBS – buzz bomb at 9:05pm. June 18th 1944
1-More bomb blasts
2-gunfire? – bombs etc
21:20 003 a.qif-Demo of Recordograph Machine-sound activated-telephone interface-poetry-singing-goofballing around I think; opera? Guy?
1-History recap of WWII newsreels-Hitler, etc. Many recordings of WWII players.Chamberlin the WOOSE!!!! Sucker!!!
2-All iconic speeches by important people (leaders) of WWII
3-Master tape of world leader speeches
4-King of England-etc, etc
*** 5-Roosevelt addresses Congress after meeting at YALTA
Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin to ratify world peace agreement.
6-President Touman’s address at end of war
*Famous words from 6 years of war narrated by Paul Killian
5:33 007 P aif by Albert on the recordograph machine
Excellent 1-guest register by Albert and June Stern for the 20th wedding
Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Leventhal
Albert Stern 2-Blinksy Stern!
personal 3-Daughter June
1:33:37 008 P.aif – 008A & 008B combined
30:23 011 P.aif
1-Interview with soldiers from front-D-Day-Landing cratts supplies
-machine guns-boats sunk-sad stories of death
1-Stories of boats landing-swamping boats-boat sinking
American Navy landing craft pilots
Bombing 2-Back to Studio 6 British Invasion London Studio-Burma Invasion
Toyko Secret reports-recaps-in Delhi, India
Bombing of Japan- B-29 Bombers – secret info.
B-29’s going to China & Saipai to BOMB Tokyo
Revenge of China based B-29’s ! secret
Pearl Harbor Military Intelligence
Comparing D-Day Invasion to (Bombing Japan 20th airforce B29s)
Major General Jimmy
1-Doolittle bombed D-Day Invasion after bombing Japan
2-Arthur Feldman in London
3-George Hicks-Chief of European News back in London after visiting France
1-Update-2 days into Invasion – comparing Britain and France – Britain Is hopeful – France is ravaged by new war – HOPE! – Freedom
2-Some French traitors – snipers as they invade-
3-Blue Network Radio
Detailed! 4-Herbert Clark with ground forces described bombing
New marauder 5-Checburg update and battle updates pushing inland
Bomb run 6-Detailed report from marauder bombing run over Checburg-new-
Blew up square mile-Annihilator Squadron – interviews with pilots
Graphic description of wrecked German tanks, etc etc
2:00pm bombing run over Cherburg, 500lb bombs
Thomas B. Grandon WJZ
1-Music->Big Rock Candy Mountain-LIVE!
2-NBC news room, NY – Max Hill – announce unconditional surrender of Germany – Truman to account
3-Commentary on future during and after the surrender
False V-Day 4-Himmler offered to surrender
Announcement 5-Interrupt program-Peace rumor is unfounded!
Music – comic
**** V-DAY announcement 9:00 Eastern War Time
7:15pm EWT-Stalin told Russia surrender after 1 day announced by
US and Britain
V-DAY May 8th 1945 6:01 pm EWT hostilities in Europe officially ended and Germany’s surrender took effect.
7-Japan war still on – treacherous Japanese
8-Commentary about citizens was effort and hard work up ahead to rebuild, etc. etc. assist Europe to rebuild
9-Problems of countries boundaries, governments, setting up Europe
10-Truman’s address – at 9:00am – no official V-E day due to war
Not over – Japan
11-Correspondent AP Kennedy broke surrender news one day early
** a) Ed Pierson – London and Moscow details on surrender
b) Victory thanks – but don’t forget cost in lives, etc
Proclamation on whole of war – synopsis – cleanse the world of evil
Harry S Truman Proclamation – Sunday May 13, 1945 Day of Prayer
Announcement b) Unconditional surrender speech- Tuesday, May 8, 1945
1-minute after midnight, official end of hostilities
V – E Day: V is Victory E is Europe Day
V – J Day: V is Victory J is Japan Day
Mutual Broadcasting System
1-Turned on lights of Capitol 1st time at end of war-
Lights are all coming on again – but bring darkness to the Japs!
1:32 013P.aif – Just snoring Mac? Gross
014P.aif – Sermon
Arthur Feldman – recorded service on cliff overlooks beach beach of Normandy – church service in middle of field
1 week Recorded excerpts and hymns – exploding mines in background by
After D-Day Sappers? Cleansing mines – Onward Christian Soldiers
Invasion Priest -> Lord’s Prayer – My Country Tiss of thee
LONG sermon – very long
End of service hymn – page 77 – final prayer
12:24 015 P.aif
Talking quest register narrated by June Stern – 7 Gables
Jamaica Estates – Rubert Dulley Barrett – Actor
Funny guy, drunk, witty; Other Cads and N’are do wells! Risque
Joke/story about Mrs Roosevelt
Happy New Year? Banter-jokes-bad jokes-everybody is drunk
4:35 left 2-Baaad jokes!!!
1:35:40 017P.aif compilation 017A and 017B
2:00 mins 6_9416ex2.mp3 – James Wellen in London – D-Day description
Walter Kiernan in NY – bulletins from beginning of Invasion
1:40 6_9416ex1.mp3 – from supreme headquarters allied expeditionary
force WJZ – NY Paul Nielson – bulletins
2:35 56_97451ex1.mp3-ships-land crafts-D-day invasion descriptions
3:00 56_97451ex2.mp3-Hicks famous broadcast!!!
3:00 56_97451EX3.MP3-more Hicks from above, more combat ---
25:00 004.aif – test recordings-music-tests-tongue twisters-testing
Recordgraph –more weird tests
Harp-singing-more tests- gibberish – Albert Stern- Battle of the
Baritones-vote for Bing Crosby-letters from Italy-music-harps-
Blue Network.WJZ victory troops!
Albert Stern – testing- sound check
Tones – long continuous tone-George Hicks-tapes
Covered before – repeat 018??
10:00 in D-Day pre description
All raw tapes recordings -5.aif to 43.aif
22:00** 24.aif – report from Invasion – daylight June 6th
H-Hour?? – main German resistance
Reports on twilight attacks – end o f D-Day reports
29.aif & 30.aif – Frence sand-gliders, etc
Short Audio Excerpts from the D-Day Invasion Amertapes
Instructions for playing Amertape Recordings: Click on number, then click on play button. Repeat for each recording 1 through 7.
TABLE OF CONTENTS OF THE 16 D-DAY AMERTAPES.