The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 53, July 1949 - April, 1950 Page: 508
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
missions into the heart of Germany had proved too costly, [nota-
bly the attacks on Schweinfurt]. Furthermore, not only had
resistance become more skillful, but the German fighter force
in the West, instead of being reduced in size, had actually grown
larger. This was serious, not only for the future of strategic
bombing, but also for the invasion which was to come a few
months ahead. The editors apologize for ending Volume II at
this critical point, no doubt hoping their readers will remain in
enough suspense to wait for Volume III.
The authors, although understandably partial to their branch
of the service, seem so conscious of this that they often lean
backward in their presentation of the achievements of the Air
Forces. It may be, the reviewer is not competent to say, that
they have said too little about the production of inferior planes
at the beginning of the war, but as to the enthusiastic propaganda
and claims made by the Air Forces, the authors do not hesitate
to correct such misstatements. The preface says that Volume II
was so near completion when German Luftwaffe records became
available that little use could be made of them, but these will
be analyzed and the results will appear later, chiefly in Volume
VII. A few samples have shown how exaggerated American
claims were. In one case, one plane was shot down although
over a hundred had been claimed. The damage done to German
production was also exaggerated as the authors do not hesitate to
show. Accurate information on all the controversial subjects is
very important in as much as they are still being debated.
For the general reader the story lags, of course, when organi-
zational material is introduced. But more disconcerting is the
use of alphabetical symbols in such profusion that glossaries are
necessary. The use of these abbreviations may be space-saving in
the book, but they are not time-saving to the reader. The re-
viewer suspects that even the editors must find it necessary at
times to consult their glossaries.
The books are illustrated, and have many helpful maps to
explain campaigns and operations. The format is excellent and
the proof-reading seems to have been done with especial care.
Footnotes are used only to give authority for statements. As
neither editors nor authors receive any royalties, this saving is
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