Blimps Versus U-Boats

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
October 2021
Nonrigid airships or “blimps” or “gas bags” were a major component of U.S. naval aviation during World War II and through the 1950s.
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Guadalcanal Quintet

By Trent Hone
October 2021
From August to November 1942, a series of hard-fought nighttime naval battles punctuated the struggle for the crucial foothold in the Solomon Islands.
Battle of Savo Island

Reversal of Fortune

By Captain James P. McGrath III, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2021
How the bitter defeat at the Battle of Savo Island in 1942 inspired a tactical reset that led to U.S. Pacific victories in 1943.
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Secret Mission of Urgent Fury

By Philip G. Kukielski
October 2021
The October 1983 invasion of Grenada rescued U.S. citizens from the revolution-torn island—but the Navy SEAL extraction of a key political figure was not part of the headlines.

Invasion 1066

By Mark Carlson
October 2021
To invade England and gain a kingly crown, William the Conqueror had to do something else first: namely, construct a massive fleet.