“One More River to Cross”
(See page 1193 this issue)
Selecting photographs and designing maps for Battle Report, the narrative histories describing the U. S. Navy’s participation in World War II, was a vast and complicated project. The photographic files of the Navy Department in Washington alone contain more than two and a half million pictures. In addition, the photo files of the various naval districts, sea commands, and many individual ships had to be consulted.
The following is Commander E. John Long’s description of the selection of pictures for Battle Report :
Battle Report born during war-time paper shortages received no favors. There was only so much high-gloss paper for fine screen illustrations and no more. So when Farrar & Rinehart was lucky enough (or unlucky enough it seemed at the time) to draw the blackball from the Council of Books in Wartime, the first decision was to concentrate all illustrations in four signatures, or sections, of sixteen pages each. The signatures were placed at equal intervals, so that photographs might be within hailing distance of the text concerning them.