Naval History Magazine - February 2010 Volume 24, Number 1

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Germany's World War II U-boat offensive in the Caribbean managed to jeopardize the Allies' oil supply before falling victim to high-command bickering and superior technology and...


  • A Naval Tragedy's Chain of Errors
    By Noah Andre Trudeau
    A lean budget and distrust of new technology combined to help precipitate a naval tragedy at Honda Point, California. On an early fall night in 1923, the U.S. Navy lost more warships in ten minutes than it did to enemy action in...
  • Two Coconuts and a Navy Cross
    By Barrett Tillman
    In a stranger-than-fiction Pacific war encounter, Navy Lieutenant William A. Read Jr. successfully fended off a bayonet-wielding Japanese officer by using the only readily available 'weapons.'

  • The South Carolina Sisters: America's First Dreadnoughts
    By Norman Friedman<p>
    The products of a flawed process, the revolutionary USS South Carolina and Michigan nevertheless heralded a new era in battleship design.
  • On Our Scope
    Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief


    This issue of Naval History focuses on a tried-and-true war-at-sea topic-battleships. But instead of studying the behemoths' exploits in combat, our package examines the often-overlooked evolutionary period when the U.S. Navy's...

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  • Slaughter in Paradise
    By Holger H. Herwig
    Germany's World War II U-boat offensive in the Caribbean managed to jeopardize the Allies' oil supply before falling victim to high-command bickering and superior technology and resources.

    In the early evening of 15...

  • Another Piece of the Torpedo Junction Puzzle
    By Eric Mills
    The discovery of the wreckage of a U.S. Navy patrol craft that lost a heroic but lopsided duel with a U-boat offers a chance to further understand the World War II fighting that raged just off America's shores.
  • The Sad Case of Sir George
    By Robert Malcomson
    More than nine years after the Constitution gave a pursuing Royal Navy squadron the slip, the episode came back to haunt the commanding British officer, with fatal results.
  • Book Reviews

    The Civil War at Sea

    Craig L. Symonds. (Reflections on the Civil War Era Series) Santa Barbara, CA.: Praeger Publishing, 2009. 224 pp. Pref. Notes. Index. $39.95.

    Reviewed by Stephen W. Sears

  • Cat on a Cold Steel Dive Plane
    By Robert A. Taylor
    With morale on board his nuclear-powered submarine way down, the skipper of the Finback came up with a novel-but risque-solution. The ten minutes of gyrating that followed has gone down in modern U.S. Navy infamy.
  • Naval History Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the February issue of Naval History is available for current USNI members...

  • Battleship Sailors of the Dreadnought Era
    By Paul Stillwell
    For the men who served on board the U.S. Navy's battleships in the 1910s, life at sea often meant backbreaking work shoveling coal or manning the guns, little chance for liberty, and a night's sleep in a hammock instead of a bunk...
  • Historic Fleets
    By Robert J. Cressman

    Fifty Years Ago, an Unusual Vessel Made History

    Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh, a Naval Academy classmate once observed, "had adapted himself readily to Navy life." This sometimes included battling just to stay in your bunk, a...

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

    The Flying Banshee

  • Naval History News

    Trafalgar Artifact Sold

    The only surviving Union Jack from the Battle of Trafalgar was sold at auction in late October for a world-record sum of $638,102, nearly 40 times its estimated auction price. The huge 11-foot-by-7-foot flag-...

  • In Contact

    'More Than Just Blockade Duty'

    (See R. M. Browning Jr., pp. 14-21, December 2009 Naval History)

    William R. Deeble

  • Looking Back
    By Paul Stillwell

    A Step Forward

  • Museum Report
    By William P. Galvani

    Where the History of Yachting Comes Alive

    Newport, Rhode Island, is arguably the capital city of American yachting. The glory days of the America's Cup were sailed here, and every summer its harbor fills with sailboats of all sizes.


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