Hi Andy...you asked me to respond and I regret I cannot locate your specific message to respond to, so here it is: I can speak only of WW2, specifically my own experience in Royal Signals. As far as the general conduct of the war was concerned I think we were kept well informed, as security permitted, from radio and national newspapers. For operations on active service I would separate the war for me into two parts: my time in France in 1940 as a Signals DR which was mercifully fairly short and was total confusion as far as knowing what was supposed to happen and what was actually happening. On return to the UK we had instructions to not talk about our experiences to other troops on the home front for fear of damaging morale. I think morale was damaged anyway because we had a huge shortage of necessary equipmen and everone knew of the disaster in France. From November 1943 to VE Day I served as a Royal Signals officer in a combined British-US Signals unit (SHAEF Signals) that provided communications for Eisenhower's HQ for the Normandy invasion and beyond. As such we were kept very well informed as to what was happening on all European fronts except Italy and later South of France, which were not our immediate concern. To answer the question asked, I did not do any reading for this, one got the information in the official way or received it by osmosis from colleagues. Hope this info meets your requirements. Nevil.