Naval History Magazine - June 2008 Volume 22, Number 3

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Although its main World War II commitment was in the Pacific, the U.S. Navy nevertheless made an indispensable contribution to defeating Germany in the Atlantic.

The Battle...



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

    The Pacific theater is the staple source of World War II articles for Naval History, and rightfully so given the enormous effort and sacrifice the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard made in defeating Japan. The massive scale of the Pacific...

  • Historic Aircraft
    By Norman Polmar-Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet<p>

    A Transatlantic Flying Boat

    World War I saw the debut of submarines and aircraft in modern warfare. Appropriately, Allied aircraft soon became hunters of U-boats. The first American-built aircraft produced specifically for that...

  • The Battle That Had to Be Won
    By Marc Milner
    During World War II, Britain's fate as well as hope for Allied victory in Western Europe hinged on the long campaign fought between U-boats and convoy escorts in the cold and rough waters of the North Atlantic.
  • Dangerous Duty in the North Atlantic
    By Michael G. Walling
    Slow but reliable, the Coast Guard's Secretary-class cutters were the backbone of the United States' North Atlantic escort force during World War II.
  • Kill and Be Killed? The U-853 Mystery
    By Adam Lynch
    In the waning hours of the war against Nazi Germany, a U-boat skipper off the New England coast either ignored or never received orders from the fatherland to cease operations.

    Moments before the torpedo exploded in a...

  • Observations from the Edge of the World
    By John B. Dwyer
    Before Navy Captain George M. Colvocoresses died under mysterious circumstances, he left behind a record of his adventures both at sea and on land during the 1838-42 U.S. Exploring Expedition.
  • Torpedo Eight: The Other Chapter
    By Commander Harry H. Ferrier, U.S. Navy (Retired)<p>
    The gallant but little-known role of a six-plane all-volunteer TBF detachment, of which the author and his pilot were members, adds further to the record of the sacrifices made during the Battle of Midway.

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  • In Contact

    'Mom Remembers Pearl Harbor'

    (See R. Bartlett, pp. 60-65, December 2007, and P. K. Cullins, p. 67, April 2008 Naval History)

    Robert E. Klees

    I read with great interest Rear Admiral Cullins' letter containing his...

  • Looking Back
    By Paul Stillwell

    Sunshine and Grit

    This spring a large crowd will gather at the U.S. Naval Academy to dedicate Wesley Brown Field House, a state-of-the-art athletic facility. At the tradition-laden Academy, it's exceedingly rare to name a building for a...

  • Historic Fleets
    By Robert J. Cressman

    Short-Lived Innovation

  • Naval History News

    Lost U-boat Fleet Discovered

    Three scuttled U-boats with a unique history have been discovered in the Black Sea off the Turkish coast. Tentatively identified as the Type IIB subs U-19, U-20, and U-23, they could prove a treasure trove to...

  • The Navy's Atlantic War Learning Curve
    By Jeffrey G. Barlow
    Although its main World War II commitment was in the Pacific, the U.S. Navy nevertheless made an indispensable contribution to defeating Germany in the Atlantic.

    The Battle of the Atlantic—the World War II struggle...

  • Death on a Dark Night
    By Michael Fitzpatrick
    On 24 January 1870 the fortunes of the USS Oneida took a decidedly downward turn. Straight down that is, along with most of her crew, to the bottom of Tokyo Bay.
  • Museum Report
    By Andrew C. A. Jampoler

    Former Foes' Naval History on Display

    Both Madrid and Istanbul boast navy museums—the Museo Naval and Deniz Muzesi, respectively—but the collections on display are so different it's difficult to recall that once the fleets of...

  • Book Reviews

    U-Boote Crews: The Day-to-Day Life Aboard Hitler's Submarines

    Jean Delize. Paris: Histoire & Collections, 2007. 128 pp. Illus. Bib. $42.95.

    Reviewed by Captain Frederick H. Hallett, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)


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