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BOOK REVIEW – Painting War: George Plante’s Combat Art in World War II

Williams, Kathleen Broome, Painting War: George Plante’s Combat Art in World War II. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 2019. 312 pp. Review by Lt Col Nicolas Smith Instructor, Department of History, USAF Academy  “[George] Plante…was looking at his watch when … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Engines of Rebellion: Confederate Ironclads and Steam Engineering in the American Civil War

Bisbee, Saxon T., Engines of Rebellion: Confederate Ironclads and Steam Engineering in the American Civil War. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2018. 264 pp. Review by Dr Howard J. Fuller, PhD University of Wolverhampton (UK) It’s good news to … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – To My Dearest Wife, Lide: Letters from George Gideon Jr. during Commodore Perry’s Expedition to Japan, 1853-1855

M. Patrick Sauer and David A. Ranzan, eds., To My Dearest Wife, Lide: Letters from George Gideon Jr. during Commodore Perry’s Expedition to Japan, 1853-1855. Tuscaloosa, AL: The University of Alabama Press, 2019. 255 pp. Review by John M. Jennings … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Decision in the Atlantic: The Allies and the Longest Campaign of the Second World War

Faulkner, Marcus, and Christopher M. Bell. Decision in the Atlantic: The Allies and the Longest Campaign of the Second World War. Lexington, KY: Andarta Books, 2019. Review by CAPT John V. Clune, USMS, PhD Department Head and Associate Professor, Humanities, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The New Battle for the Atlantic

Nordenman, Magnus Fredrik, The New Battle for the Atlantic. Annapolis: USNI, 2019. 272 pp. Review by Lt Col Michael Epper, Director of Operations and Instructor, Department of History, USAF Academy The focus of this book is to provide the reader … Continue reading

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That document that piques your interest: The whole story behind Norfolk, Virginia’s U.S. District Clerk of Court Seth Foster

Karen J. Johnson U.S. Courts Library Libraries are wonderful places, as most are aware, but there are different kinds of libraries, and I would wager that a researcher of naval history would not necessarily think of a court library or … Continue reading

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Researching World War I Virtually

Lynne M. O’Hara National History Day Many researchers and students of history have found themselves researching from home in the past year. The challenges posed to students by the move to online learning and online research is something that the … Continue reading

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British Bureaucra-sea: How Montagu’s Reforms Paved the Way for Nelson’s Victory

Patrick Maier Independent Historian During the eighteenth century, the Royal Navy was far more than simply the seaborne arm of Britain’s military. It was the largest and most complex governmental and industrial organization of its time, spread out among numerous … Continue reading

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The Might That Failed: Jutland and the Wages of Ceremonial Battle

Michael Vlahos The Johns Hopkins University “But there was the glory first.” Rudyard Kipling, The Light That Failed The Battle of Jutland ranks among Britain’s most bitter disappointments. What should have been another Glorious First of June was, in the … Continue reading

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The Wrong Ship at the Right Time: The Technology of USS Monitor and its Impact on Naval Warfare

Larrie D. Ferreiro George Mason University Introduction: “Forty patentable contrivances” Among the many myths that grew up around USS Monitor was that she not only represented a revolutionary concept in naval warfare, marrying steam, armor and a revolving turret, but … Continue reading

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New Editorial Board Members (2021)

Samantha Cavell Southeastern Louisiana University Samantha Cavell is the Assistant Professor in Military History at Southeastern Louisiana University. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in American and Global Military History, including courses on the history of the U.S. Navy … Continue reading

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Volume 16, Issue 1: About the Authors

Colin F. Baxter Torpex and the Atlantic Victory Colin F. Baxter, Professor Emeritus of History, East Tennessee State University, was born in Harrow, England, earned a BSc at East Tennessee State University, an MA and PhD from the University of … Continue reading

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Torpex and the Atlantic Victory

Colin F. Baxter East Tennessee State University Abstract For almost three years, from 1940 until the summer of 1943, German U-boats and Allied forces fought the greatest submarine campaign in history in the Battle of the Atlantic. During those desperate … Continue reading

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Our Insecure Futures: How Can Prepare and Cope?

Richard J. Danzig 2013 Philip A. Crowl Memorial Lecture At the Annual Naval War College Dinner in the Washington Navy Yard on May 9, 2013, Dr. Richard J. Danzig gave a Phillip A. Crowel Lecture, “Our Insecure Futures: How Can … Continue reading

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It’s a navy’s job, only no navy can do it! Understanding and Addressing Western Neglect of Maritime Trade Protection

Lieutenant Comander Matthijs Ooms Royal Netherlands Navy 1 The recent return of geostrategic state competition has brought an end to complacency about interstate war. In the maritime domain, this has increased the prospect of high-intensity maritime warfare. While many Western 2 … Continue reading

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