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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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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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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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The Rise and Fall of the Austro-Hungarian Navy, 1900-1918

Stanley D. M. Carpenter Professor Emeritus, U.S. Naval War College At 1645 on 31 October 1918, onboard the flagship of the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Navy, the red-white-red ensign of the Habsburg Navy fluttered down from the jackstaff.  Rear-Admiral (Kontre-Admiral) … Continue reading

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An Unatoned War Crime of the First World War: The Sinking of a Hospital Ship by U-86

Ulrich van der Heyden University of South Africa, Pretoria German War Crimes during the First World War?  Even a hundred years after the beginning of the First World War, 1  some segments of the German media still glorify submarine warfare … Continue reading

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Anglo-American Naval Relations, 1815 — 1837

John Rodgaard1  Captain, USN (Ret.) Words such as admiration, contempt, cooperation, and hostility might describe the Anglo-American naval relationship that followed The Napoleonic Wars. Yet, that relationship formed the framework for today’s Anglo-American naval partnership. Examining the Anglo-American naval relationship … Continue reading

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Kamikazes: Understanding the Men behind the Myths

Michael Anderson1 United States Army Officer In the western military tradition, the popular, common understanding of the Japanese kamikaze of the Second World War inspires images of lone, suicidal modern-day flying samurai knights devoid of empathy with a seemingly fanatical … Continue reading

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Neptune’s Commandments: Invented Traditions and the Formation of USS Alabama (BB-60) as an Imagined Community

By moving through and responding to USS Alabama (BB-60) as a place—not a space—Lindstrom and those of his shipmates who participated in the establishment of the ship as a memorial park, or in crossing the line hijinks as enlisted sailors decades before, arranged their worldviews into similar structured and meaningful “centers of felt value.” Continue reading

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Network Survivability in the Age of Great Power Competition

ENS Joseph P. BunyardUSNA 2020 Voices of Maritime History Prize Essay Executive Summary Question How can the United States Department of the Navy (DoN) continue to leverage its advantages in Network Centric Warfare (NCW) in a communications contested environment? Key … Continue reading

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The International Journal of Naval History Interest Group on Facebook

Chuck SteeleInternational Journal of Naval History From its inception, the International Journal of Naval History has endeavored to “provide a pre-eminent forum for works of naval history researched and written to demonstrable academic standards.” In a sense, the IJNH was … Continue reading

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The Pueblo Incident: Locating the “Hidden” Spy Ship

“Pueblo is Shifted by North Koreans: The North Korean moved the captured United States intelligence ship Pueblo from the port of Wonsan to another place, State Department officials said today.” 1 New York Times (AP)May 10, 1968 Bill StreiferFreelance Journalist … Continue reading

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The Scissored Pueblo Record

“Two weeks ago, I visited personally with Commander Bucher and many members of the crew of the Pueblo. I was asked repeatedly by them: ‘Why wasn’t our call for help answered? We held out as long as we could, but … Continue reading

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