The doctor may have been a line officer before going to medical school. When I joined PUGET SOUND in 1989, the doctor was a former blackshoe; before that, my roomate in DEWEY went to medical school after leaving the ship.
William H. Roberts, CDR, USN (Ret)
If the USA had adopted a "Japan First" strategy, would then Nazi Germany eventually been bombed by those mass civilian-killer B-29,s even to the extent that Berlin would have been ground zero?
Two possible consequences for Europe of a Pacific First strategy seem fairly obvious. First, the Peace Memorial that currently stands in Hiroshima instead would have been located in Berlin. Second, Churchill's Fulton, Missouri, speech would have been said that “From Rotterdam in the North Sea to Basel in the Alps, an iron curtain has descended across the continent.”
I suspect that all of us who have some working knowledge of the minutiae of military life have experienced the same eye-rolling reaction to Hollywood. Yet I've learned to mostly set that aside and focus on whether the story being presented is compelling. I would recommend an article that deals with this topic: Don Graham, "Mission Statement: The Alamo and the Fallacy of Historical Accuracy in Epic Filmmaking," in Lone Star Pasts: Memory and History in Texas, eds. Gregg Cantrell and Elizabeth Hayes Turner (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2007).
H-War Book Reviews
Daniel J. Hughes, R. L. DiNardo. Imperial Germany and War, 1871-1918I. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2018. 752 pp. $39.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-7006-2600-7.
Reviewed by Jason Engle (University of Southern Mississippi) Published on H-War (April, 2019) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)
Megan Koreman. The Escape Line: How the Ordinary Heroes of Dutch-Paris Resisted the Nazi Occupation of Western Europe. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. 416 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-066227-1.
Reviewed by Valerie Deacon (NYU-Shanghai) Published on H-War (April, 2019) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)
Peter Charles Hoffer. Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. 240 pp. $27.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-085176-7.
Reviewed by Jeremy Weber (Air War College, Air University) Published on H-War (April, 2019) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)
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Alexander MacDonald. The Long Space Age: The Economic Origins of Space Exploration from Colonial America to the Cold War. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017. 272 pp. $35.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-300-21932-6.
Reviewed by Kristi Lowenthal (School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air University) Published on H-War (April, 2019) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)
Uzal Johnson. Captured at Kings Mountain: The Journal of Uzal Johnson, a Loyalist Surgeon. Edited by Wade S. Kolb III and Robert M. Weir. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2011. Maps. 248 pp. $39.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-57003-961-4.
Reviewed by Ricardo A. Herrera (School of Advanced Military Studies) Published on H-War (April, 2019) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)