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- DescriptionRonald Tritton was recruited in 1940 for the position of War Office Publicity Officer by Major-General Beith, Director of Public Relations at the War Office, to transform the dysfunctional department. The first civilian to hold the post, it was hoped his professional skills gained in Public Relations for the Savoy Hotel Group would be a valuable tool to overcome the British Army's negativity towards the use of any form of visual publicity. Internal conflicts between the service film units, the newsreel companies and the Americans proved a difficult balancing act for Tritton, as these diaries reveal. They are also an invaluable source of evidence t only for the growth and war effort of the Army Film Unit /Army Film & Photographic Unit, but also for the newsreels. With the support of Major-General Edgeworth-Johnstone, the Assistant Director of Public Relations, Ronald Tritton became the catalyst for the British Army Film and Photographic Unit, despite considerable military and political opposition. This unit was to grow in strength and professionalism throughout the conflict, producing some of the most frequently used film and photographic material of the war. The diaries also provide a record of life at the Savoy Hotel, London, during World War II (Tritton was on a retainer there and counted David Niven amongst his friends) and a wonderfully evocative, almost tangible sense of London and life in the south of England during those years.
- Author BiographyFred McGlade was born in inner city Belfast in 1953, after leaving school he joined the Royal Army Ordnance Corps where he served for six years. His lifelong interest in British military history led him to complete a BA (Hons), MA, and finally a PhD at Lancaster University where he studied and researched the British Army Film and Photographic Unit in the Second World War. He is the author of The History of the British Army Film and Photographic Unit in the Second World War , The Diaries of Ronnie Tritton, War Office Publicity Officer 1940-45 , An Italian Shoemaker/Un calzalaio italiano and The Relationship between government and film in Britain: 1930 to the Post War period . He also contributed research and narrated on the BBC documentary programme Shooting The War . He is currently researching Nazi atrocities in the Massa Carrara/Lunigiana area of Italy during the Second World War.
- PublisherHelion & Company
- Date of Publication15/11/2011
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationSolihull
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintHelion & Company
- Content Note64 b/w photos
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine33 mm
- Edited byFrederick McGlade
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