Naval History Magazine - August 2006 Volume 20, Number 4

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"Just a piddly 'poom,'" was how the commander of the USS Laffey, one of the ships participating in Operation...



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  • Piddly Poom to Spectacular Boom
    By Rear Admiral Odale D. Waters Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    "Just a piddly 'poom,'" was how the commander of the USS Laffey, one of the ships participating in Operation Crossroads, described the first atomic blast. The...

  • Waging War with Cardboard Navies
    By John Prados

    Sidebar: Board vs. Computer Games

    Long-used by the U.S. Navy as educational and training tools, wargames are also a popular way for the civilian, as well as the serviceman, to refight...

  • Roosevelt's Pursuit of a Temperate Caribbean Policy
    By James R. Holmes

    Many observers maintain that military force was Theodore Roosevelt's foreign-policy tool of first resort. However, in the Caribbean he pursued a moderate policy designed to head off confrontations with powerful European navies...

  • On Our Scope
    By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief

    This issue of Naval History commemorates the 60th anniversary of an event that signaled the U.S. Navy's entry into the nuclear age: Operation Crossroads, the twin atomic bomb tests at remote...


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