As with today, the government controls the official information that flows from armed conflict. So too with the invasion by the Allied forces on D-day. While over time some information not released officially would be broadcast, if the networks wanted to stay in touch with the official word describing what was occurring, they needed to stay on the good side of the Allied communications organization.
This organization operated out of the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force known as SHAEF. Until something came from SHAEF it was not considered official. Thus the first offical word from the Allies of the start of the invasion came in Communique Number One.
Other communiques were usually read by the individual networks. Communique Number Two was a summary of what had occurred to the point at which the communique was released. Communique Number Three came the next day, June 7th and reported on additional attacks, casualties on both sides, and the progress of the invasion.
Other official word came from SHAEF. When Eisenhower wanted to reach the people of Western Europe to warn them of what to expect, the broadcast was carried over the networks and came from SHAEF.
Additionally, the pool reporters operated out of SHAEF in the beginning and would return there to get access to facilities to file reports for all the reporting agencies.Back to D-Day Home Page