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Naval Battles


Miracle Men of Midway

Craig L. Symonds | Published: November 28, 2011 at 9:50 am
The American victory at Midway had more to do with bold leaders than lucky breaks

Book Review: 1812, by George C. Daughan

HistoryNet Staff | Published: September 09, 2011 at 10:58 am
George C. Daughan offers an excellent overview of the U.S. Navy's rise during the War of 1812.

Killing the Yamato

Robert Gandt | Published: August 04, 2011 at 11:00 am
The last voyage of Japan’s greatest warship

Book Review: Neptune's Inferno

Richard B. Frank | Published: March 30, 2011 at 11:01 am
Neptune's Inferno The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal By James D. Hornfischer. 516 pp. Random House, 2011. $30. In the cauldron of the 1942 Guadalcanal Campaign, the role of the U.S. Navy's surface sailors is an epic saga of humiliating defeat, …

Constitution vs. Guerrière: America's Coming Out Party

Stephen Budiansky | Published: February 08, 2011 at 7:06 pm
In August 1812, Captain Isaac Hull in the American frigate Constitution dismasted the Royal Navy's Guerrière in a resounding victory that helped the U.S. Navy hold its own for nearly three years against the mightiest sea power on earth.

Gideon Welles Blockades Charleston Harbor

Greg Bailey | Published: January 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm
The one-way voyage of the Stone Fleet: An aging armada sets course to become an obstacle There may not have been a less impressive fleet in the entire history of the American Navy. The ships were old, long past their …

What If Singapore Had Not Fallen?

Mark Grimsley | Published: December 01, 2010 at 11:32 am
Better generalship could have helped Singapore escape capture.

Two Comprehensive Volumes on the Battle of Norway

Richard R. Muller | Published: December 01, 2010 at 11:31 am
The German Invasion of Norway April 1940 By Geirr H. Haarr. 474 pp. Naval Institute Press, 2009. $49.95. The Battle for Norway April-June 1940 By Geirr H. Haarr. 458 pp. Naval Institute Press, 2009. $52.95. In 1993, the very first …

What If the Allies Had Not Broken the German Naval Code?

Mark Grimsley | Published: September 30, 2010 at 10:11 am
If the Allies never cracked the Triton code, the Battle of the Atlantic would have been hard won.

Storm Over the Pacific: Not Your Father's Board Game

Patrick Clark | Published: September 30, 2010 at 10:10 am
Fans of Risk will enjoy this historically detailed new game from Wasteland Interactive.

Jihad By Sea

Cecelia Holland | Published: August 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm
In ad 655 the emperor Constans II confronted a new and surprising threat to his Byzantine Empire. For years, armies of Arabs had overrun the empire’s southern provinces in Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. Having defeated the Sassanid Empire, they dominated the Middle East and had even reached the gates of Constantinople before being driven back. But now these desert warriors had taken to the sea.

Bloody Field at Champion’s Hill

Steven E. Woodworth | Published: August 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm
After three months of frustration, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in May 1863 succeeded in getting his army onto the east bank of the Mississippi River in the rear of the fortress city of Vicksburg. In a lightning campaign Grant’s army defeated Confederate detachments at Port Gibson on May 1, Raymond on May 12, and Jackson on May 14, neutralizing the Mississippi capital as a Confederate base for the relief of Vicksburg. Then he turned toward Vicksburg itself.

How the Allies Left U-Boats Dead in the Water

Stephen Budiansky | Published: July 30, 2010 at 9:28 am
The Battle of the Atlantic turned when Allied scientists joined the hunt.

Command a Submarine in Silent Hunter 5

Ryan Burke | Published: June 01, 2010 at 5:08 pm
The new submarine simulation game from Ubisoft leaves players afloat.

Confederate Raider Raphael Semmes: Catch Me If You Can!

Wade G. Dudley | Published: January 13, 2010 at 10:23 am
Maritime raider Raphael Semmes was the scourge of Union blockaders and merchant shipping during the Civil War

Olympian Fire: Dewey at Manila Bay

Wade G. Dudley | Published: September 02, 2009 at 12:48 pm
Rear Admiral George Dewey, aboard USS Olympia, presided over the blooding of the modern U.S. Navy at the May 1, 1898, Battle of Manila Bay.
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