New York: Rinehart and Company, Inc., 1948. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. xii, 532 pages. List of Casualties; Footnotes. 17 maps and 80 photographic plates. Appendix. Index. Some discoloration and soiling inside boards and flyleaves. Some cover wear and soiling. Prepared from Official Sources. Walter Karig (November 13, 1888 – September 30, 1956) was a prolific author, who served as a US naval captain. Karig wrote a number of works on Allied naval operations during World War II. He also wrote scripts for the television series Victory at Sea. Besides his works on naval history, Karig was a novelist, publishing under his own name, and a journalist. During World War I he served in the French Foreign Legion and Free Polish Legion, completing his service in the latter as Captain of Infantry. He was appointed Lieutenant Commander in the US Naval Reserve in September 1942, and subsequently attained the tank of Captain on 15 January 1946. In October 1943 he assumed duty as Officer in Charge of the Navy Narrative History Project, and two years later became Assistant Director of Public Relations. A brilliant writer and editor, he applied his fine talents and knowledge of the techniques of publishing to the production of hundreds of books and more than one thousand major magazine articles concerning the Navy at war. Exercising his exceptional ability as a writer and historian, he rendered invaluable assistance in the organization and implementation of a television series, Victory at Sea, and became technical director and Naval Officer in Charge of the series which portrays in authentic motion pictures the Navy's role in WWII, based on Battle Report and other source material.
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Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History, United States Air Force, 1986. Reprint Edition. Trade paperback. xviii, 594 pages. Wraps. Maps. Index. Small stains inside rear cover, some spotting and wear to cover edges. USAF Warrior Studies. In July 1942, Kenney received orders to take over the Allied Air Forces and Fifth Air Force in General Douglas MacArthur's Southwest Pacific Area. MacArthur had been dissatisfied with the performance of his air commander, Lieutenant General George Brett. Offered a choice between Kenney and Major General James Doolittle, MacArthur chose Kenney. Kenney reported to MacArthur in Brisbane on 28 July 1942, and felt that MacArthur did not understand air operations, but recognized that he somehow needed to establish a good working relationship with him. When he asked MacArthur for authority to send people he considered "deadwood" home, something that his superiors in Washington, D.C. had refused to give, MacArthur enthusiastically approved. In Australia, he found two talented, recently arrived brigadier generals, Ennis Whitehead and Kenneth Walker. Kenney reorganized his command in August, appointed Whitehead as commander of the V Fighter Command and Walker as commander of the V Bomber Command.