National Geographic : 1992 Apr
I am glad to be straightened out on the saga of the little suicide sub. The news media at the time gave the impression that the pilot had a last-minute change of heart about glorious suicide and beached himself deliberately, opting for life, though with disgrace. WILLIAM H. GRUNWALD Santa Cruz, California You mention Don Ross but do not credit him with winning the Medal of Honor. DAVID B. BLEAK Moore, Idaho World War II Map Your map of the campaigns of World War II is excellent and a timely reminder of how difficult it is to overcome racism and nationalism once they are let loose. It omits, however, freedom's first success, the liberation of Ethiopia from Italian rule by Haile Selassie's guerrillas and the Allied army of South African, Indian, and British troops. Had the Allies lost the war, it is clear from Nazi rec ords that Hitler planned a Nazi colony located in central Africa. This was a true world war in which people set aside arguments in order to unite against great evil. In Italy in 1944 British Field Marshal Alexander had under his command Algerians, Americans (including a Negro division and the Japanese American infantry regiment), Basuto, Belgians, Batswana, Brazilians, Mauritians, Newfound landers, New Zealanders (including Maori), Pal estinians (including Jews), and many more. E. G. NISBET Saskatoon, Saskatchewan The Pacific theater was illustrated with three pic tures of the Marines, four of the Navy, and only one representing the Army. The perception per sists to this day that the Marines and Navy fought the war nearly alone in the Pacific with some back up from the Army. Comparative battle deaths sug gest otherwise with the Army losing the most men. FRANK W. SPRINGER West Chester, Pennsylvania Ibn Battuta As a child growing up in Pakistan, I remember my grandmother reading me stories about Ibn Bat tuta, the great Muslim traveler. Educated in a Western system, I never came across his name in history books and never knew until now whether Ibn Battuta's tales were fact or fiction. I applaud your efforts in focusing on such material. Knowl edge, irrespective of its origin, is always worth attaining. IMRAN N. HAQUE Raleigh, North Carolina I enjoyed the article but was offended by the pic ture on page 47 of a bare-breasted African woman. NOTHING OUTLASTS THE ENERGIZER.