Dispatch to the North American Newspaper Alliance, April 4, 1943.
John Lardner Papers Box 13 Folder 386
Gift of Susan Lardner, Mary Jane Lardner, and John Nicholas Lardner, 2008.
A noted sportswriter, humorist, reporter, and critic, John Lardner worked during World War II as a war correspondent in North Africa, Europe, and Australia for Colliers Weekly, the North American Newspaper Alliance, and Newsweek. On April 4, 1943, Lardner sent this dispatch as he accompanied American forces chasing Rommel’s retreating army in Tunisia. Note that the Field Press Censor removed all references to specific divisions and commanders. In addition to war dispatches, Lardner’s papers include correspondence between professional colleagues, family, and friends; manuscripts and clippings of newspaper and magazine articles, the manuscript for the unfinished book, "Drinking in America"; photographs of historical sports figures; and original artwork by Walt Kelly and Willard Mullin.