JF Ptak Science Books
Major General George Veazy Strong (USMA '04), in 1943 as the Assistant Chief of Staff of the Army Intelligence Unit (G-2)--a position of enormous importance--delivered his very sober and reasonable summation on the strength of the Axis forces before the U.S. Congress (on October 20 and 21, 1943). which was printed in this report. (It is of historical and bibliographical interested to note that this document was in the library of the Office of Strategic Services (the O.S.S., the precursor to the C.I.A.) before it was sent to the Library of Congress and deaccessioned.)
The document is somewhat over-sized (at 12x9") and is 13 pages of text, followed by 17 leaves of diagrams, some of which are very strong images of superior design. Strong was very highly accomplished, of very wide experience, and was an excellent thinker. His report was concise and thorough, and must have made a mark on his listeners in the House and Senate.
The report seems to be rare--I cannot find mention of it popularly in the social media, and there seems also to be no trace of it in the WorldCat outside of an LP recording (at the Library of Congress), meaning that there seems to be no copies of the printed version in libraries worldwide.
- Major General George V. Strong, The Strength of the Axis", delivered before the House of Representatives on 20 October 1943 and before the Senate on 21 October 1943. 12x9", 13 leaves text and 17 leaves of graphic displays of data. Offset. Bound by a single staple at upper left corner.
- Provenance: Library of the Office of Strategic Services (through 4/9/47?) and then the Library of Congress, with the LC Surplus/Duplicate rubber stamp for deaccession. This publication is not found in printed format in WorldCat. $500/on hold