Naval History Magazine - June 2016 Volume 30, Number 3

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Tension between the British and German navies had been building since Kaiser Wilhelm II launched a naval arms race in 1898, and in the early afternoon of 31 May 1916 a climactic battle seemingly...



  • Contributors

    Jeremy Black is a native of Great Britain, a professor of history at the University of Exeter, England, and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Center for the Study of America and the West. His many...

  • On Our Scope

    In Naval History, we try to recognize small but significant naval anniversaries as well as large and momentous ones, such as the centennial of the Battle of Jutland. It was expected to be a cataclysmic fight—the upstart German...

  • Jutland's Place in History
    By Jeremy Black
    Though its impact initially seemed minimal, a titanic clash of dreadnoughts and battlecruisers ended up heavily influencing the outcome of the Great War at sea.

    A century ago, looking for another Trafalgar...

  • The Lützow’s Trial by Fire
    By Gary Staff
    Big, fast, and strong, the battlecruiser Lützow led the German line of battle at Jutland, hammering British capital ships and absorbing an amazing number of hits in return.


  • The Tragic Indy's Enduring Fascination
    By S. Scot Christenson
    The story of the ill-fated Indianapolis and her sailors has been recounted in bestselling books, magazine articles, documentaries, and a docudrama. But there’s more to come, beginning with a feature film...
  • 'The Firing Here Became Continual'
    By Norman C. Delaney
    A young English seaman serving on board the CSS Alabama provided history with a rare and riveting firsthand account of the fateful battle between the Confederate raider and the U.S. Navy’s Kearsarge...

Subscriber Only Content

  • Looking Back - A Royal at Jutland
    By Paul Stillwell

    Te volume on the shelf in the U.S. Naval Academy’s Nimitz Library looked unimpressive. The binding showed tears, and the book was faded and marred by long-ago ink stains. Dirt on the tops and bottoms of pages testified to its age and many...

  • In Contact

    In Praise of the Wilburs

    Commander Peter B. Mersky, U.S Naval Reserve (Retired)

  • Armaments & Innovations - DASH, Snoopy, and the Night Panther
    By Commander Benjamin "BJ" Armstrong, U.S. Navy

    In the mid-1950s modern helicopter development was in its early years, and was full of innovative design ideas. The technology, less than two decades old, was in the capable hands of eminent engineers such as Igor Sikorsky, Frank Piasecki, and...

  • Naval History News

    Happy Birthday, Dreadnought (Guitar, That Is)

    One hundred years ago, the warship that dominated the waves was the formidable dreadnought battleship. But a different type of dreadnought came into being in 1916, and it’s still going...

  • Historic Aircraft - Not the Last Gunfighter, Part 11: Hot Wars
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    On the night of 3 August 1964, South Vietnamese small craft attacked two North Vietnamese islands in the Tonkin Gulf. The U.S. destroyer Maddox (DD-731) was on patrol in the northern end of the gulf, her duty unrelated to the South...

  • Charting the Battle of Jutland's Course

    Tension between the British and German navies had been building since Kaiser Wilhelm II launched a naval arms race in 1898, and in the early afternoon of 31 May 1916 a climactic battle seemingly was at hand.

  • Indianapolis Sailors' Legacy and Lessons
    By Doug Stanton
    The author of In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors reflects on what we can learn from the ordeal endured by the cruiser’s sailors....
  • The Marine Aviation Experience in Vietnam
    By Commander Peter B. Mersky, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
    A visual overview of the wide array of Marine Corps fixed-and rotary-wing aircraft that served in the skies over Southeast Asia.

    The first Marine Corps aviation squadron arrived in South Vietnam in April...

  • Japanese Success at Okinawa
    By Lieutenant Commander Richard S. Lee, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy
    Against great odds Emperor Hirohito’s troops fought tenaciously for nearly three months, inflicting heavy casualties and affecting U.S.
  • Historic Ships - A Very Short Life
    By J. M. Caiella

    One of 50 ships designed by the U.S. Maritime Commission as a “small airplane transport with flight deck,” the USS St. Lo (CVE-63) bore her name for just 15 days before she met a fiery end. But there is much more to the ship...

  • Book Reviews

    The Battleship Book

    Robert M. Farley. Rockville, MD: Wildside Press, 2015. 256 pp. Biblio. Illus. $19.99.

    Reviewed by Paul Stillwell

    In the event of a survey course called Battleship 101, Robert Farley...

  • Museum Report - New Technology Highlights Old Battleship's Former Glory
    By Jonathan L. Hoppe

    Visitors to the Battleship Iowa Museum may notice right away just how busy the ship and her surroundings are. Berthed in the perpetually bustling Port of Los Angeles, the “Mighty I” (known to more recent veterans as...

  • Pieces of the Past

    Baseball memorabilia collectors just love to get their hands on a ball covered with the autographs of a winning team’s players—and if it’s a lineup that made Major League history, then all the more prized is the collectible....


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