Proceedings Magazine - November 1934 Vol. 60/11/381

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One of the most solid and widely accepted of Mahan's conclusions on naval strategy was that the guerre de course, the war against an enemy's sea-borne commerce, does not pay. That...



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  • Commerce Destruction—Past and Future
    By Fletcher Pratt

    One of the most solid and widely accepted of Mahan's conclusions on naval strategy was that the guerre de course, the war against an enemy's sea-borne commerce, does not pay. That conclusion received emphatic re-enforcement during the...

  • Chinese Lines of Communication and Their Effect on Strategy
    By Lieutenant Forrest H. Wells, U. S. Navy

    The account of a campaign in China makes very dull reading, as a rule, since it bristles with names difficult to pronounce and impossible to commit to memory. Unfamiliar with the terrain of the theater of war, the reader establishes no connection...

  • High Quality of Our Reserve
    By Colonel Harold C. Reisinger, U. S. Marine Corps

    This question, important in a national sense, has recently been nudging me, demanding answer. Why do the officers and enlisted men of the reserve voluntarily subject themselves to the exactions and fatigues of military service? During the past...

  • An Evaluation of the Tactical School
    By Brigadier General J. C. Breckinridge, U. S. Marine Corps

    A war minister is reported to have said that he had to deal with generals who had spent their time "preparing not for the next war, but for the last or the last but one." I am not without sympathy for his rueful complaint.

  • Historic Ships of the Navy: Cricket
    By Robert W. Neeser

    The Cricket was a river gunboat built during the Civil War. She was a small stern-wheel vessel, well adapted for scouting service, and of such light draft that it was commonly said of her that she "would float in a heavy dew."...

  • The Flying Deck Cruiser
    By Lieutenant (J.G.) John A. Collett, U. S. Navy

    Most commentators on the flying deck cruiser have regarded it as a hybrid type whose value either as a cruiser or as an aircraft carrier was likely to be inferior to those already recognized and proven types of ships. This, coupled with the...

  • The Beaufort Wind Scale
    By Lieutenant Frederick J. Nelson, U. S. Navy

    In 1805, in the days of topgallants and royals, Admiral Sir F. Beaufort devised a numerical scale according to which wind velocity or force at sea might be estimated non-instrumentally.1 According to his scale, the force of the wind...

  • Native Craft of Samoa
    By Lieutenant Commander Arthur T. Emerson, U. S. Navy

    To a sailor, one of the most interesting sights in his travels is the observation of the many and widely varying types of vessels and boats which have been developed locally. Nowadays in most places the original native models have been supplanted...

  • Accuracy in Aerial Dead Reckoning
    By Harold Gatty

    To rely entirely on any one method of navigation is dangerous. In order to obtain the best results under all conditions it is necessary to use a combination of all methods.

    Use should be made of pilotage whenever landmarks or beacons are...

  • Diesel-Driven Surface Craft
    By Lieutenant Commander John O. Huse, U. S. Navy

    *This article was submitted in the Prize-Essay Contest, 1934.

  • Air Bombardment Regulation
    By Ensign William Campbell Chambliss, U. S. Naval Reserve

    The frequent painting by editorial writers of the picture of defenseless cities being subject to a rain of missiles from the air has added nothing to the peace of mind of city dwellers. In their search for comfort—or confirmation of their...

  • Submarine Mining, Orphan Child of the Service
    By Wayne Francis Palmer

    The United States Navy is the last remaining great power that dares to look with indifference on the “Orphan Annie” of the navies—submarine mining. Annie has grown too big and too attractive to be so treated.

  • Discussions

    Accuracy in Aerial Dead Reckoning

    (See page 1561, this issue)

    Lieutenant Clyde W. Smith, U.S. Navy.—Considering Mr. Gatty's ability and professional standing, it is to be regretted that he has...

  • Notes on International Affairs
    Prepared by Professor Allan Westcott, U. S. Naval Academy

    From September 3 to October 3


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