Naval History Magazine - April 2017 Volume 31, Number 2

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The sinking of RMS Lusitania by a U-boat in May 1915 shocked Americans, forcing Germany to abandon the practice of unrestricted submarine warfare lest it draw the United States into World War I....



  • Sacrifice at Saint-Nazaire
    By Michael D. Hull
    In one of World War II’s most spectacular raids, the Royal Navy and British Commandos virtually ensured that the battleship Tirpitz would never venture into the Atlantic.


  • Acts of Valor


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  • On Our Scope

    World War I had been raging for more than two and a half years by the time the United States entered the conflict a century ago, on 6 April 1917. At the time, Rear Admiral William S. Sims was on his way to London.

  • As I Recall - Battleship Texas Sets Out for the Great War
    By Vice Admiral Bernhard H. Bieri, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

    James Leamon Forbis enlisted in the Navy in 1939. When war came on 7 December 1941, he was on the front line of history, serving as a coxswain on board the USS Arizona (BB-39) when the bombs started dropping. He survived the attack and went on to...

  • In Contact

    War-Winning Aircraft?

    James M. Caiella

    I just received my February issue of Naval History, and briefly flipping through it, a headline stopped me in my tracks: “The Plane that Won the War” (pp. 14–19)....

  • Bluejacket’s Manual - Ranks, Rates, and Ratings
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)


    The recent demise and subsequent resurrection of the Navy’s rating system has brought considerable attention to a side of the Navy that is unique among the armed services (shared only by the Coast Guard), somewhat mysterious...

  • Armaments & Innovations
    By Norman Friedman<p>

    The Problematic Magnetic Exploder

  • Naval History News

    Women in Military Honored at Athena Conference

  • Historic Ships - 'How Perfectly Foolish . . .'
    By J. M. Caiella

    The 3 July 1898 Battle of Santiago de Cuba resulted in the destruction of a Spanish squadron and virtually ended the Spanish-American War. It also was the impetus for a naval squabble that, at least in historical circles, rages to this day. The...

  • The U.S. Navy's Great War Centurion
    By David Kohnen<p>

    The sinking of RMS Lusitania by a U-boat in May 1915 shocked Americans, forcing Germany to abandon the practice of unrestricted submarine warfare lest it draw the United States into World War I. In early 1917, however, wearily seeking speedy...

  • Rum: The Spirit of the Sea
    By Louis Arthur Norton <p>
    For more than 300 years the shrill sound of a bosun’s pipe and a shout of ‘up spirits’ would be heard on board Royal Navy ships, and sailors lined up for their daily ration of rum or grog.


  • Historic Aircraft - A Lackluster Performance: Part 1
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    The Brewster Aeronautical Corporation operated from the early 1930s until the end of World War II, producing several lackluster aircraft for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and Allied air forces. Originally known for producing carts, wagons, and...

  • Incubation of a World War I Flag Officer
    By Kenneth J. Hagan and Michael T. McMaster
    At the U.S. Naval Academy in the late 1870s, future line officers—such as William S. Sims—and engineering officers followed separate rigorous courses of education. There was tension between the two groups, but both...
  • Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee: Navy Nurse Corps Pioneer
    By Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Drew, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy<p>
    Though their contributions to the Navy cannot be measured in ships sunk or enemies engaged, Higbee and her nurses were as essential to victory in war as any military element.

    On 13 November 1944, for the first time in...

  • The First Korean Conflict
    By David McCormick<p>
    Nearly 80 years before the Inchon landing, Sailors and Marines defended the prestige of the United States by seizing a Korean stronghold in a bloody assault.


    Gray smoke rose from the USS Monocacy as the ship...

  • Twilight of the Gulf Coast Pirates
    By Captain Daniel A. Laliberte, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
    When the Revenue Cutter Service ran down the new pride of Jean Lafitte’s pirate fleet, it marked the beginning of the end of a larcenous age.


  • Book Reviews

    Where Divers Dare: The Hunt for the Last U-Boat

    Randall Peffer. New York: Berkley Caliber, 2016. 310 pp. Illus. Index. $28.
    Reviewed by James P. Delgado

    From 1939 through 1945, the Battle of the Atlantic raged across...

  • Museum Report - Adriatic Port’s Historical Treasures
    By William Galvani
    Dubrovnik, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, occupies a favored location on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. For more than 2,000 years, the port has attracted sailors, ships, and seaborne commerce. The Dubrovnik Maritime Museum presents the...
  • Pieces of the Past
    Eric Mills<p>

    Rear Admiral William Sowden Sims had been making a name for himself—and making waves—within the U.S. Navy for some time when Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels (they were destined to become mortal foes) designated him the...


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