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25. A Postmortem

Ralph H. Nutter University of North Texas Press PDF

25: A Postmortem


o history of the Army Air Forces in World War II would be complete without a discussion of the strains on Gen. "Hap"

Arnold, the leader and driving force of the Air Force in

World War II. He sacrificed his health to achieve victory. For the first time in its history, the Air Force had an important role in the conduct of a war. In World War I it was little more than an observation unit and adjunct artillery for the army. Fighter pilots engaged in exciting aerial battles over the front lines, but they contributed little to the Allied victory.

In the late 1930s, the Air Corps's equipment was obsolete. President Roosevelt foresaw that we would eventually become involved in a war against Hitler. Before the war, he selected General Arnold to build up an air force. The president became one of Arnold's strongest supporters during World War II. Arnold attended meetings of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a subordinate of Gen. George Marshall.

Both he and the president believed in the important role airpower would play in achieving victory in Europe and the Pacific.

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Edited and Annotated by Charles M. Robinson III University of North Texas Press PDF


Lewis, Colo., 359, 359 n10

Lyon, N.M. (see Fort Wingate II)

McDowell, Ariz., 114, 114 n14,

449, 460, 478

McKavett, Tex., 480

McKinney, Wyo., 114, 114 n12

McPherson, Ariz. (see Camp Date


Marcy, N.M., 501

Massachusetts, Colo. , 348 n1

Mojave, Ariz., 50, 50n7, 111, 121 n3, 448, 478

Niobrara, Neb., 13 n1, 124, 403,

403 n5, 456, site selection for,

13; described, 131–32, 136

Omaha, Neb. (see Omaha Barracks)

Phil Kearny, Wyo., 507

Randall, S.D., 235, 235 n1

Reno, Wyo., 507

Robinson, Neb. (upgraded from

Camp Robinson), 32, 107, 107 n6, 143, 146, 447, 448, 464,

467, 472, 480, 486, 498, 505,

508, 509; described, 144–45

Sanders, Wyo., 23, 23 n11, 41,

45, 101

Sill, Okla., 448, 495

Snelling, Minn., 467

Sumner, N.M., 376

Thomas, Ariz. (see Camp Thomas)

Union, N.D. (American Fur Company), 349 n2

Union, N.M., 392, n9

Wallace, Kans., 20, 20 n8–9, 22

Washakie, Wyo., 67, 67 n8, 325

Whipple, Ariz., 5 n17, 115, 116

Wingate I, N.M., 374 n15

Wingate II, N.M., 374, 374 n15,

376–77, 389, 391, 406–7, 410,

414, 423, 440, 441


Fort Bridger Treaty, 504

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Chapter 12: Deputy Constable Mordecai Hurdleston (October 9, 1927)

Richard F. Selcer and Kevin S. Foster University of North Texas Press PDF


Deputy Constable Mordecai



(OCTOBER 9, 1927)

“I’m done for.”

OCCASIONALLY A MAN COMES ALONG who is head and shoulders above his peers figuratively speaking. Mordecai Hurdleston was such a man. During a career that lasted only sixteen years, he dragged the Fort Worth Police Depart- Mordecai Hurdleston as Police ment kicking and screaming into the and Fire Commissioner (1915–17) in the “throne chair.” twentieth century. He was an innova- sitting

The commissioner’s office was tor and reformer who accomplished a civilian office so its occupant not typically wear a uniform most of his reforms during a brief ten- did except on formal occasions like ure as Police and Fire Commissioner sitting for this 1915 FWPD monThe badge is custom-made,

(1915–1917). He was the fifth man to tage. not standard FWPD issue. occupy that office after the changeover (Montage courtesy Fort Worth Public

Central Library, Genealogy, to the commission form of government Library,

History and Archives Unit; photo work in 1907. Unlike most men who occu- by Kevin S. Foster) pied the office before and after, Hurdleston was proactive in addressing new forms of criminal activity and adopting the latest in technology and methodology. He was the most progressive official to head up the Police Department in the first quarter of the twentieth century, perhaps ever, even though he

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Part II: The Things to Which We Attend

Rick Salutin ECW Press ePub

“WHEN I SIT DOWN TO write,” said Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld, “I feel I am sitting on a mountain of Hebrew books fifty miles high.” Aharon is small and elfin and looks like he might slip right off such a tippy height. We were at the Bagel, RIP, on College Street. I said I understood; I thought hard about moving to Israel and becoming a writer there myself, back when he taught me Hebrew during my student year in Jerusalem, in the 1960s. It would have meant trading English for Hebrew, but I adored the language and literature. I was acquiring my own little mountain of Hebrew books: biblical commentaries, love poetry from medieval Spain, the novels of Agnon. Each time I purged my bookshelves over the coming decades, those didn’t get tossed.

We’d been to Tip Top Tailors at College and Spadina to buy gifts for his family. When we finished, he said, “Now I want to go where I can see Jewish people.” So we crossed College to the Bagel. It had been taken over recently by a Japanese family.

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Chapter 3 The Brain Quintet and Ensemble

Stephen Gamble and William Lynch University of North Texas Press PDF



The Brain Quintet and Ensemble

Brain formed the Dennis Brain Wind Quintet in 1946, while still in the RAF.

It later expanded and was named the Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble.

Wind Quintet

Brain’s participation in new chamber music ensembles created during wartime may have given him the idea of starting his own ensemble before he was released from RAF duties. Still in uniform, he established the Dennis Brain

Wind Quintet, which after demobilization in September 1946 became very busy, giving concerts in the British Isles and occasionally for broadcast.

Brain returned from his month’s tour with the RAF Symphony Orchestra in Germany at the beginning of May 1946. He was too late to take part in the Quintet’s first concert at the Chelsea Town Hall on April 30, 1946, with

Denis Matthews at the piano. As his horn colleague Norman Del Mar remembered, he played in Brain’s place and flutist Gareth Morris (Pl. 1) also took part. Morris’s diary usually indicated “Q” for Quintet engagements, which invariably included works for other combinations. The diary is the source of many details of the Quintet’s schedule.1

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