The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 74, July 1970 - April, 1971

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Walker was ill-advised to include this section, and his publisher should
have strongly discouraged him. The appendices are more rewarding.
The early part of the volume deals with the monotony of state-side
training. Doubtless the account will be of interest to those who were
in the 36th, but the historian and the general reader will find little
to recommend it. By mid-volume the interest shifts to the Division's
combat role and then becomes of value to the historian, soldier, and
The work demonstrates the efficiency of American troops in anti-
tank warfare, and, for anyone doubting the capacity of men against
armor, this volume (particularly that portion dealing with the Sa-
lerno operation) is invaluable. Naturally, a major part of the book
deals with the fiasco at the Rapido. As one might expect, Lieutenant
General Mark W. Clark, Fifth Army Commander, comes off poorly as
do several of his staff, particularly Major General Geoffrey Keyes. The
story is told in low key, and, if one is the commander of such an ill-
fated division, that is probably the appropriate way to tell it. For
those still unconvinced of the folly of that operation, these chapters
are strongly recommended.
Walker appears as a conscientious and compassionate leader. His
revulsion and condemnation of the senseless shelling of undefended
and nonstrategic villages and sites of artistic and historical value are
transmitted to the reader. The wanton destruction of militarily
unimportant targets cannot be defended. We are fortunate to have
this book, and it is to be wished that other military and naval leaders
will follow the general's example.
Southwest Texas State University JAMES W. POHL
Book Notes
The National Register of Historic Places 1969. Office of Archeology and
Historic Preservation. (Washington: U.S. Department of the Interior,
National Park Service, 1969. Pp. xiv + 352. Illustrations, index. $5.25.)
This book, the first biennial publication of the National Register, is a
listing of properties deemed worthy of preservation in the fifty states.
By the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, federally financed or
licensed undertakings must consider the effect on the "historical, archi-
tectural, archeological, or cultural character" of National Register prop-
erties. If a property is affected, then the project cannot continue without


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