Type IXB U-boat U-123

The Drumbeat Mystery

By Ed Offley
February 2022
When the German U-boat offensive hit the U.S. East Coast in early 1942, the U.S. Navy had assets and intel—but was confoundingly unresponsive. Why?

How Nimitz Coped

By Captain Michael A. Lilly, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2022
How does one maintain one’s steady resolve while overseeing the largest naval conflict ever fought? For Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, the answer was friends and family.

First Strike

By John J. Domagalski
February 2022
The January 1942 raid on Balikpapan was more than just the U.S. Navy’s first sea battle of the Pacific war; it was a lifeline tossed to a fleet’s damaged spirits.
The five major powers pack their bags at the end of the 1921–22 Washington Naval Conference

A Template for Peace

By John T. Kuehn
February 2022
The Washington Naval Treaty signed in February 1922 was a work of international diplomacy that set an example for future eras—while also illustrating the limitations of such pacts.

The Brothers Brown

By William J. Prom
February 2022
From Lake Erie to Lake Champlain, behind the scenes of U.S. naval glory in the War of 1812 there stood a pair of immensely talented and remarkably prolific shipbuilding siblings.
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Book Reviews

February 2022
Experts review The Fighting Corsairs, The Union Blockade in the American Civil War, and other new and noteworthy books.
Letter from Radioman Second Class Howard John Hackstaff

Last Letter Home

By Senior Chief Petty Officer Robert Stuart, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2022
A letter from a member of the crew of the USS Bonefish was a reminder of a love lost.