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By Jim Barber Publisher
February 1994
In our effort to provide the best in historical literature, we went outside our customary stable of contributors for a change. History enthusiasts should recognize several names in this issue ...

Truk Today

Photography By Eric Covner
February 1994
A veritable underwater graveyard, Truk draws thousands of visitors to its ship-strewn lagoon each year.

‘Among the Best’

By Captain E. N. Bouffard, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 1994
The paintings of naval officer and man of the sea Guillermo G. de Aledo are sure to bring back memories for other such men.

Sperrbrecher 104

By Jürgen Rohwer
February 1994
The Allied mine offensive threatened German merchant shipping and open sea lanes. One of the Kriegsmarine’s counters was . . .

Looking Back

By Paul Stillwell
February 1994
A few feet away, the end of a cigarette glowed bright orange in the darkness. At the other end of it was a retired boatswain’s mate, Chris Christenson. One night ...

In Contact…

February 1994
“The Norfolk War Scare” (See F. C. Leiner, pp. 36-38, Summer 1993; M. P. Watson, pp. 4-6, September-October 1993; W. M. P. Dunne, p. 7, November-December 1993 Naval History) Royana ...

Book Reviews

Reviewed by Dr. Robert C. Jones, Dr. Robert L. Scheina, & Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 1994
Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/ Maturin Novels: An Overview Reviewed by Dr. Robert C. Jones Captain John Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Dr. Stephen Maturin—physician, naturalist, and intelligence agent—first met on 1 April ...

Naval History News

Edited By Bert Hubinger
February 1994
Deep Trench, Small Plane, George Bush Almost 50 years ago, during the summer of 1944, Navy Lieutenant (junior grade) George Bush was shot down during a dawn raid against Chichi ...

Salty Talk

By Commander Ty Martin, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 1994
One of the most stirring sights for many of us is a painting of a full-rigged ship with all sails set, surging through a beautiful sea while overhead, puffy clouds ...

Historic Fleets

By A. D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
February 1994
During World War II, the U.S. Navy operated a number of seagoing yachts that had been taken over from their owners by the U.S. Maritime Commission. A few of the ...