Harry A. Franck was a popular author of travel books during the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s. He was commissioned by the Army Air Corps to write the story of tactical air power as illustrated by the exploits of the Ninth Air Force in the European Theatre of Operations. His orders from the highest command gave him unprecedented access to the members of the Ninth--from General Hoyt S. Vandenberg on down. His abililty to speak French, German, and other languages allowed him to communicatie with French citizens, German prisoners, etc., etc. The book is full of insights into the day-to-day lives of the members of the Ninth. Not satisfied with interviewing the pilots on the ground, Major Franck even went on a bomb-run to better describe the experience. Wounded by schrapnel during a ground skirmish, Major Franck brought home a Purple Heart. He interviewed and quoted over 200 airmen and ground crew. Because this book is about tactical air power and the resulting need for close cooperation between the Air Force and the Infantry, "Winter Journey" also includes Major Franck's interviews with Infantry officers, including Generals Hodges, Simpson, and Patton.