Naval History Magazine - February 2016 Volume 30, Number 1

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The CSS Shenandoah’s three-week stay at Melbourne, Australia, threw into relief the controversial and slippery international status of such Rebel commerce...


  • An Act of War on the Eve of Revolution
    By Commander Benjamin F. Armstrong, U.S. Navy
    A year and a half before the more famous Boston Tea Party, the Gaspee Affair marked the first blow struck for American independence.

    The American Revolution began on the night of 10 June 1772 in...

  • On Our Scope

    Twenty-five years. It’s hard to believe Operation Desert Storm was so long ago. Perhaps that’s because the United States seemingly has been at war in that part of the world ever since. Or maybe because images of the conflict’s...

  • Marines' Desert Victory
    By Otto Kreisher
    With the U.S.-led allied coalition’s heaviest forces deployed to the west, two Marine divisions were poised to drive into central Kuwait and rout the occupying Iraqis. But they first faced a complicated and dangerous...
  • Naval Weapon of Choice
    By Norman Polmar and Thomas B. Allen
    First used in battle during Operation Desert Storm, Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles quickly became precision instruments of U.S. policy.

    Twenty-five years ago—early on the morning of 17 January...

  • Perilous Ordeal Off Leyte
    By Joe Johnston
    A pair of LSMs—landing ships, medium—proved their resilience during a December 1944 odyssey in which the vessels’ determined crews faced one setback after another.

    When the USS Reid...

  • Contributors

    Thomas B. Allen is well known for his writing on the subjects of espionage and military history. His books include Tories: Fighting for the King in America’s First Civil War (Harper, 2010) and Declassified: 50...

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  • Looking Back - The Cruisebook Comes to Life
    By Paul Stillwell

    No, I said to the executive officer, Lieutenant Jose Gamboa, I didn’t want to put together a cruisebook for our ship. I was the operations officer of the tank landing ship Washoe County (LST?1165). The year was 1968, and my reason...

  • In Contact

    A Man Without Empathy

    Tido H. Holtcamp

  • Armaments & Innovations - Crude But Effective in Large Doses
    By Norman Friedman

    You’ve probably seen the movie. Submarine crewmen look up anxiously. Suddenly there’s a terrific explosion. Lights flicker off and on. Streams of water spurt from leaks. The attackers work the submarine over again and again, straining...

  • Naval History News

    National WWII Museum Set to Unveil ‘Road to Tokyo’

    The National WWII Museum in New Orleans opens its newest permanent exhibit, “Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries,” on 12 December.

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

    The Curtiss SBC Helldiver holds two places in naval aviation history: First, it initially flew as a monoplane but was produced as a biplane, and, second, it was the last biplane combat aircraft procured by the United States.1 While not unique,...

  • Pirate, Privateer, or Man-of-War?
    By Lieutenant Commander Dwight S. Hughes, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The CSS Shenandoah’s three-week stay at Melbourne, Australia, threw into relief the controversial and slippery international status of such Rebel commerce raiders.

    They rowed quietly across...

  • The Generalissimo's Naval War
    By Adam Nettina
    When the Spanish navy failed to join the insurrection that led to the Spanish Civil War, Nationalist leader Francisco Franco leaned on a strategy of attrition and foreign support.

    The Moroccan port of...

  • A Black Hero's Courage Under Fire
    By Michael D. Hull
    Mess Attendant Dorie Miller’s heroism on board the USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor earned him accolades from the ‘Jim Crow’ Navy and inspired black Americans during World War II....
  • Historic Fleets - 'Admirably Fitted for the Performance of Her Duty'
    By Robert J. Cressman

    The brig Porpoise, part of the U.S. Exploring Expedition, sailed through frigid Antarctic waters on 30 January 1840, off a seemingly impenetrable wall of ice. That afternoon, sailors topside sighted two ships in the distance. Suspecting...

  • Book Reviews

    Privateering: Patriots & Profits in the War of 1812

    Faye M. Kert. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015. 147 pp. Append. Notes. Index. Illus. $55.

    Reviewed by Frederick C. Leiner

  • Museum Report - The Embodiment of Britain's Pride as a Naval Power
    By Kevin M. Hymel

    Few ships symbolize the legacy of a country; HMS Victory is such a ship. Dry-docked in Portsmouth, England, Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson’s flagship stands as if ready to defend England again, as she did at the pivotal Battle of...

  • Pieces of the Past

    Exploration—for the furtherance of science, for national bragging rights, to fill in the remaining blank spaces on the map—was something the 19th-century U.S. Navy could proudly count among its undertakings. Such expeditions into...


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