Dec 2005: Vol. 4, Issue 3


El Poder Naval contra el Talebán y Al Queda Afganistán – 2001
(Naval Supremacy against the Taleban and al Queda, Afghanistan – 2001)
by Rear Admiral Carlos E. Cal (Ret.) and
Captain Juan A. Imperiale (Ret.)
Navy of Argentina

Part One Part Two Part Three

Photo Gallery 1 Photo Gallery 2

Editor’s Note:

The IJNH presents this three part article from the Argentine Navy’s Boletín del Centro Naval with the permission of the publication and the authors. This view of the maritime aspect of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) by experts from an important non-NATO western hemisphere navy presents a remarkably comprehensive, unclassified, and interesting window on events usually seen through an American lens. During OEF the Argentine Navy destroyer Sarandi became the first non-NATO Navy ship to deploy with a U.S. Navy battle group for Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO). The three parts of this article appeared through the summer of 2004.

To preserve the formatting and the position of embedded diagrams, this article is presented here, in three parts, in pdf format. The photo galleries appear in the same convenient way.IJNH was not able to secure the services of a translator to render this article into English in time for posting. However, we shall do so as soon as possible and, after the authors approve the translation, we shall make both versions available simultaneously. While the common language of this publication is English, we reach a global audience of naval historians and those interested in naval history writ large. Thus the opportunity to publish an article in Spanish was most welcome and in harmony with our mission.


“A portentous spectacle”: The Monitor U.S.S. Miantonomoh Visits England
by Howard J. Fuller
University of Wolverhampton, UK
Photo Gallery (Powerpoint)


Walter J. Boyne. Today’s Best Military Writing: The Finest Articles on the Past, Present, and Future of the U.S. Military. New York, New York: Forge, 2004. Notes. Notes on Contributors. Index. Pp. 397.
Reviewed by John Darrell Sherwood
U.S. Naval Historical Center, USA

Martin Clemens. Alone on Guadalcanal: A Coastwatcher’s Story. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1998. 36 photos. 6 maps. Notes. Glossary. Index. xviii + 343 pages.
Reviewed by Charles D. Melson
U.S. Marine Corps History Division
Marine Corps University, USA.

Robert J. Cressman, USS Ranger; The Navy’s First Flattop from Keel to Mast, 1934-46. Washington D.C.: Brassey’s, 2003, 451 pp, notes, bibliography and index.
Reviewed by John C. Reilly Jr.
Naval Historical Foundation

William Thomas Generous, Sweet Pea at War: A History of USS Portland (CA-33). University Press of Kentucky, 2003. 290 pp. index.
Reviewed by Leo J. Daugherty III
Command Historian
U.S. Army Accessions Command
Fort Monroe, USA

Richard Knott. Fire from the Sky: Seawolf Gunships in the Mekong Delta. Annapolis, MD: The Naval Institute Press, 2005. Photos. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. xiii + 260 pages.
Reviewed by John Darrell Sherwood
U.S. Naval Historical Center, USA

Lex McAulay, MacArthur’s Eagles: The U.S. Air War Over New Guinea, 1943-1944. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 2005. 408 pp., photographs, maps, appendices, works consulted, bibliography, index.
Reviewed by Bryan Hockensmith
LGB & Associates, Inc.
U.S. Army Center of Military History

Edgar F. Puryear, Jr. American Admiralship: The Moral Imperatives of Naval Command. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2005. Pp. 672. Notes. Index
Bruce M. Petty. Voices from the Pacific War: Bluejackets Remember. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2004. Pp. 288. 27 Photographs. Chronology. Bibliography. Index.
Dual review by Robert J. Schneller
U.S. Naval Historical Center, USA

Otto J. Lehrack. America’s Battalion: Marines in the First Gulf War. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2005, 236 pages.
Reviewed By Leo J. Daugherty III
Command Historian
U.S. Army Accessions Command
Fort Monroe, USA

A British Eyewitness at the Battle of New Orleans: The Memoir of Royal Navy Admiral Robert Aitchison, 1808-1827. Edited by Gene A. Smith. New Orleans: The Historical New Orleans Collection, 2004. Pp. ix; 150.
Reviewed by Charles R. Smith
Marine Corps University, USA.

Peter Whitfield, Sir Francis Drake. New York: New York University Press, 2004. 160 pages, illustrations, chronology, index.
Reviewed by Edward M. Furgol
U.S. Naval Historical Center, USA

William C Whittle Jr. The Voyage of the CSS Shenandoah. Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama Press, 2005. 312 pp. Index.
Reviewed by Roderick Gainer
LGB & Associates, Inc.
Department of the Treasury

Derrick Wright, To The Far Side of Hell: The Battle for Peleliu, 1944, Tuscaloosa, AL: The University of Alabama Press, 2005. Bibliography, illustrations, maps, appendices, index. 176 pages.
Reviewed by David A. Manning
LGB & Associates, Inc.
Center for Military History


The First “Computer Bug”
This moth was found trapped between points at Relay # 70, Panel F, of the Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator while it was being tested at Harvard University, 9 September 1945. The operators affixed the moth to the computer log, with the entry: “First actual case of bug being found”. They put out the word that they had “debugged” the machine, thus introducing the term “debugging a computer program”. In 1988, the log, with the moth still taped by the entry, was in the Naval Surface Warfare Center Computer Museum at Dahlgren, Virginia.
Courtesy of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, VA., 1988.
(Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.)


Symposia and Recent Awards
One-Day Symposium: Captain George Vancouver

John Lyman Book Awards

The Margaret Rossiter Prize for the History of Women in Science

From the Naval Historical Center
Annual Awards and
the Naval History Seminar Program for


September 2005, Number 17
Edited by Professor Eric Mills,
Dalhousie University

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The International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science
Division of the History of Science
Commission of Oceanography

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