Tag Archives: Naval History

Dr. Michael J. Crawford: Retirement Remarks

Dr. Michael J. Crawford Senior Historian Naval History and Heritage Command On this occasion of my retirement after almost thirty-six years as a navy historian, I want to talk with you about two subjects dear to my heart: me and … Continue reading

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The Decisive Blow: the Anglo-French Naval Campaign of 1759

Contents: Origins of British Naval Supremacy The Battles Consequences Economic Effects Colonial Repercussions Bibliography Kevin J. Delamer U.S. Naval War College The Seven Years’ War was a global conflict, conducted between 1756 and 1763, on a scale unlike any previous … Continue reading

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The First Class at RAF No. 31 Radio School: August to September, 1941

Contents: In the Wilds of Ontario BCATP and the Aerodrome of Democracy A Desperate Measure No. 31 Radio School Launches Drinking from the Radar Fire Hose Life at at the School After the First Class’ Graduation Epilogue Bibliography Paul Renard … Continue reading

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Why There Was No Privateering in the Spanish-American War

Contents: Introduction The Declaration of Paris and the “Barbarous Warfare” of Privateering The Righteous Victim: Spain’s Contradictory Diplomacy over Privateering Professionals and Privateers: American Naval Strategy in the War with Spain Honor for want of a Ship: Spanish Naval Strategy … Continue reading

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What Are They Reading? Vol. 2

Charles C. Chadbourn, III Editor, International Journal of Naval History This article is the second edition of our continuing series which allows readers of this journal who are interested in international naval history and related topics to share with colleagues … Continue reading

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The Treatment of Survivors and Prisoners of War, at Sea and Ashore

Contents: Background Sinking and Capture USNOB Argentia Boston “Fiery Furnace” at Fort Hunt Reunion Dr. Philip K Lundeberg Curator Emeritus of Naval History, Smithsonian Institution Background On the eve of POW/MIA remembrance day, we may seek deeper understanding by beginning … Continue reading

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What Are They Reading? Vol. 1

Charles C. Chadbourn, III Editor, International Journal of Naval History Historians are fundamentally readers. The difficult question is how one selects what to read in the limited amount of time available. Book reviews of all kinds help us decide. So, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Last Big Gun: At War and at Sea with HMS Belfast

Brian Lavery, The Last Big Gun: At War and at Sea with HMS Belfast. Oxford: Pool of London Press, 2015. 352 pp. Review by Joseph Moretz, PhD British Commission for Military History Readers of this forum familiar with London doubtless … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Second Pearl Harbor: The West Loch Disaster, May 21, 1944

Gene Salecker, The Second Pearl Harbor: The West Loch Disaster, May 21, 1944. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2014. 296 pp. Review by CPT Andrew Ziebell, USAResearch Assistant, National War College The Second Pearl Harbor is Gene Salecker’s commendable effort … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – 21st Century Ellis: Operational and Strategic Prophecy for the Modern Era

B.A. Friedman, ed. 21st Century Ellis: Operational and Strategic Prophecy for the Modern Era. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2015. 151 pp. Review by Brigadier Generals’ Julian “Dale” Alford and Austin “Sparky” Renforth, USMC It is often said that it is … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – My Incredible Journey: From Cadet to Command

Peter Dingemans, My Incredible Journey: From Cadet to Command. Studley: Brewin, 2013.  224 pp. Review by Chuck Steele, PhD United States Air Force Academy As the title suggests, My Incredible Journey is an autobiography detailing the career of Rear Admiral … Continue reading

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Eyes of the Ospreys: An Analysis of RAF Coastal Command’s Operational Research Section in Counter-U-Boat Operations

Contents: Background on the Situation Courses of Action Taken Analysis of Results and Consequences Bibliography Timothy A. Walton Independent Scholar In his declaration of war, President Woodrow Wilson protested: “German submarine warfare against commerce is a warfare against mankind.” 1 … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Sea and Civilization. A Maritime History of the World

Lincoln Paine, The Sea and Civilization.  A Maritime History of the World.  New York:  Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. 784 pp. Review by Kenneth J. Blume, PhD Dept. of Humanities and Communication Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Lincoln Paine … Continue reading

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Repair Work and Naval Musical Chairs: Conflict and Cooperation in Anglo-American Naval Relations in 1941

Contents: Background: Infrastructure Changes Early Discussions on Anglo-American Pacific Policy Pacific Policy Differences ABC-1 Talks The Repair Requests The Rest of the Story Conclusion Corbin Williamson Ohio State University David Reynolds has described the years 1940 and 1941 as the … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Black Sheep: The Life of Pappy Boyington

John F. Wukovits, Black Sheep: The Life of Pappy Boyington. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2013. 250 pp. Review by 2nd Lieutenant Jordan K.K. Bolster Research Assistant USAF Academy Pappy Boyington, the Marine Ace-of-Aces who earned his fame in World War II … Continue reading

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