Naval History Magazine - December 2011 Volume 25, Number 6

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Cover Story
As bombs were dropping on Pearl Harbor, thousands of miles to the west Japan unleashed a juggernaut that would soon roll over Allied defenses in Malaya and the Philippines...


  • Pearl Harbor's Overlooked Answer
    By Jonathan Parshall and J. Michael Wenger
    From official investigations to conspiracy theories, efforts to account for how the United States was caught so unprepared on 7 December 1941 have almost all failed to take into account that the attackers were wielding a...
  • Redemption at the Hand of the Enemy
    By J. Michael Wenger
    With his checkered past and poor health, the lieutenant was hanging on to a Navy career by his fingernails. That all changed, however, when the Japanese attacked the Pacific Fleet.

  • Naval Aviation's Most Serious Crisis?
    By Jeffrey G. Barlow
    During an era of budget cutbacks for the Navy and uncertainty about the future of carrier aviation, senior admirals ‘revolted,’ publicly airing the service’s grievances before Congress.
  • Contributors

    Jeffrey G. Barlow is a historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command. He has written more than a dozen chapters for books on the U.S. Navy in World War II and the Cold War and is the author of two award-winning...

  • On Our Scope

    “What new can possibly be written about that battle?” is a question we’ve all heard. The answer, as any history aficionado knows, is plenty. Constantly, reports and first-person accounts are surfacing, facts being...

  • Flight Line - The First Century’s Final Decades
    By Hill Goodspeed, Historian, National Naval Aviation Museum

  • Red River Fiasco
    By Noah Andre Trudeau
    In March 1864, David Dixon Porter boldly started up the Red River with an overpowering naval force. Two frustrating months later, the Union admiral was lucky to re-emerge with any of his most prized warships....
  • Happy 65th Birthday, Mister Roberts
    By James. C. Roberts
    One of literature’s most beloved naval characters made a splash in print, on stage, and on screen; his real-life namesake became an acclaimed journalist on the front line of history.

Subscriber Only Content

  • A Grim December
    By Jonathan Parshall
    As bombs were dropping on Pearl Harbor, thousands of miles to the west Japan unleashed a juggernaut that would soon roll over Allied defenses in Malaya and the Philippines.

  • Requiem for James Hackett
    By Thomas F. Kehr
    Shipbuilder for John Paul Jones and the newborn United States, the veteran of Rogers’ Rangers epitomized the seaworthy spirit of New England and early America—yet he is all but forgotten today....
  • In Contact

    Vets Weigh In on Santa Cruz Mysteries

    Lieutenant Commander Richard J. Nowatzki, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    I would like to make a few comments regarding “...

  • Naval History News

    NASA Legend HighlightsU.S. Naval Institute History Conference

    With a special video address from former President George H. W. Bush, the U.S. Naval Institute welcomed an audience that included several hundred midshipmen to the 2011 U....

  • Naval History Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the December issue of Naval History is available for current USNI members to view....

  • Looking Back - Airborne in Annapolis
    By Paul Stillwell

    When first-year midshipmen enter the U.S. Naval Academy now, they have been thoroughly tested, profiled, and scrutinized on “whole-person” attributes. A century ago, the two important requirements were congressional appointments and...

  • Historic Fleets - A Lady in White
    By Robert J. Cressman

    Captain Erik G. Hakansson, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy, stood on the deck of the hospital ship Solace (AH-5) with a movie camera as the morning watch began on Sunday, 7 December 1941. Shortly after 0800, amid the growing tumult of battle...

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

    The name Douglas has long been associated with outstanding U.S. naval attack aircraft—especially the SBD Dauntless, AD Skyraider, A3D Skywarrior, and A4D Skyhawk. These aircraft were the progeny of the Douglas DT, the U.S. Navy’s...

  • Book Reviews

    The Attack on Pearl Harbor: Strategy, Combat Myths, Deceptions

    Alan D. Zimm. Philadelphia: Casemate Publishers, 2011. 480 pp. Illus. Maps. $32.95.

    Reviewed by John B. Lundstrom

  • Museum Report - Fine Nautical Works in a Fine Arts Museum
    By William Galvani

    One could be excused for not thinking of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts as “maritime.” But one of its lower-level galleries displays ship models, half-hulls, scrimshaw, and more nautical artifacts; additionally, scattered...


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