During World War II, the Army Air Corps commissioned well-known travel author Harry A. Franck to write the story of the Ninth Air Force in the European Theatre of Operations. Major Franck's orders from the highest command gave him unprecedented access to the members of the Ninth—from Lt. General Hoyt S. Vandenberg on down. His book is full of insights into the day-to-day lives of warfighters and civilians alike. Major Franck interviewed and quoted over 200 airmen and ground crew in the book, and his ability to speak multiple languages allowed him to communicate with and draw material from French citizens, German prisoners and liberated concentration camp inmates. The resulting manuscript, "Winter Journey through the Ninth" was completed in 1945, but has only now been published for the first time.
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book is an absolute gem! Harry Franck's efforts cover the Ins and Outs
of the largest Tactical Air Force ever conceived from Normandy to the
end of the war in Europe. Here, one will find what the landscape offered,
what the civilians, as well as the military thought about what they were
doing and a series of detailed explanations of how Ninth Air Force was
organized and operated. Franck pulls no punches in any of his observations
and that is particularly valuable to scholar and buff alike in these days
of political correctness. The reader will be rewarded with information
that usually must be gleaned from multiple sources, including the intricacies
of close air support, an art that had to be relearned over again in Korea
and in Viet Nam! Franck's genius is his ability to give the reader the
feeling of 'being there.' This is not a re-telling of how Germany was
strategically pounded from the air, rather observations on the Air organization
that moved with the ground troops and often died helping them push through
to victory. This book is a Keeper!"
--Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Jr.
--Major General, USAF (Ret.)
sum, this book is a firsthand account of the American tactical air war
in France during the last months of World War II by a careful, experienced,
nonflying observer. The author conveys both the spirit of the day and
details available nowhere else, giving us feelings and facts about the
last months of the war from an American perspective.
... Winter Journey offers refreshing and often critical views on some familiar subjects while adding a number of interesting details. As such, students of tactical airpower in World War II should consider this book a “must” addition to their libraries."
--Kenneth P. Werrell
--Aerospace Power Journal, Winter 2001