Proceedings Magazine - September 1940 Vol. 66/9/451

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One hundred years ago this month, within the garrison limits of West Point, Alfred Thayer Mahan was born. Fifty years ago this spring his first book on the influence of sea power, which profoundly...



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  • A Re-Examination of Mahan's Concept of Sea Power
    By Captain William D. Puleston, U. S. Navy (Retired)

    One hundred years ago this month, within the garrison limits of West Point, Alfred Thayer Mahan was born. Fifty years ago this spring his first book on the influence of sea power, which profoundly influenced the history of his own time, was...

  • A Commerce Raider Off New York
    By Carlos C. Hanks

    Commerce raiding within sight of the headlands of New York Harbor, and the threat of a daring foray to burn ships in the East River, as well as to shell the Brooklyn Navy Yard, actually confronted residents of New York during the year 1864. A...

  • The Neutrality Zone of the Americas
    By Lieutenant Commander F. J. Nelson, U. S. Navy

    Within a month after the outbreak of the present European war, rep­resentatives of the 21 republics of the Western Hemisphere assembled in the City of Panama to chart a course of con­tinental neutrality and solidarity. The representatives...

  • Oil for Troubled Waters
    By Ensign Hobart Key, Jr., U. S. Naval Reserve
    “Memory—Thou Naughty Elf”

    The United States now has several oil reserves designed by the Congress to furnish an available source of fuel supply to the Navy in time of national emergency. The purpose of this article is...

  • From Greenland's Icy Mountains
    By Lieutenant Commander Charles Moran, U. S. Naval Reserve


  • German Naval Strategy in 1914
    By Dr. Waldo Chamberlin

    The tremendous success of the Ger­man Blitzkrieg in Norway and the Low Countries in 1940 cannot but draw forth comparisons with the actions of the German High Command in 1914. In 1940 the Third Reich threw everything it had into its...

  • Polynesian Navigation
    By David J. Edwards

    Through what may be considered as erroneous usage, the term Polyne­sian Navigation has come to possess two distinct meanings. In the first place, it has been used to denote the period of mi­gration beginning about the fourth century B.C....

  • Motor Torpedo Boats
    By H. T. Robertson, B.M. 1C, U. S. Navy

    A force of motor torpedo boats, each carrying two torpedoes, two depth charges, one 50-caliber machine gun, and one 1.1-inch anti-aircraft weapon would be an ideal defense for any impor­tant naval base, anchorage, or outlying territory, such...

  • Britain's Junior Navies
    By Donald Cowie

    It is not generally realized that there is more that one British Navy. Many people, indeed, were at a loss to under­stand the press reports that H.M.S. Achil­les, doughty little hunter of the Graf Spee, was a New Zealand ship, and largely...

  • An Atlantic Naval Policy for the United States
    By Norman J. Padelford
    The United States is faced with a situ­ation of unprecedented gravity. It is confronted for the first time with the fact of war being waged in the Atlantic by one group of powers, while at the same time hostilities are occurring independ...
  • Discussions, Comments and Notes

    Oil for Troubled Waters
    (See page 1253, this issue)

  • Book Reviews

    The Art of Modern Warfare. By Colonel Herman Foertsch, of the German General Staff. New York: Veritas Press, Inc. 273 pages. 1940. $2.75.

    Reviewed by Major R. McC. Pate, U. S. Marine Corps


  • Notes on International Affairs

    Britain Faces Invasion

  • Professional Notes
  • Photographs


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