Published: April 24, 2009 at 11:46 pm
Wings of Defeat, an award-winning documentary on PBS, examines the kamikaze story from two dramatically different perspectives, kamikaze pilots who survived the war and American sailors who survived kamikaze attacks. A World War II magazine review.
Published: February 09, 2009 at 4:48 pm
Many nautical terms have entered everyday language, some from merchant shipping and others from military naval parlance. Christine Ammer examines some common expressions and their nautical origins.
Published: August 01, 2008 at 4:50 pm
"Don’t Give Up the Ship!" Despite his crew’s humiliating surrender to HMS Shannon, the exhortation of USS Chesapeake’s dying captain, James Lawrence, became a rallying cry of the War of 1812.
Published: July 22, 2008 at 6:05 pm
Eugene Fluckey threw out the operating manual to become one of the deadliest American submarine commanders in the Pacific during World War II. His sub USS Barb sank ships, shelled factories and even blew up a train.
Published: December 20, 2007 at 11:33 am
The ironclad USS Galena failed to live up to its "impervious" reputation and ended its career as a wooden-walled warship, but it saved lives at the Battle of Mobile Bay.
Published: December 10, 2007 at 2:18 pm
Plagued by the Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica, Operation Harpoon is launched to resupply Malta during World War II. This major convoy must fight its way through Axis air and sea defenses. And the Germans and Italians are ready.
Published: November 16, 2007 at 11:21 am
Marcus Vipsanius Aggripa's innovative tactics gave Octavian's Roman fleet a victory over Marc Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium. Rome was the dominant naval power in the Mediterranean for four centuries.
Published: October 04, 2007 at 2:24 pm
Edgar C. Singer and his Secret Service Corps pioneered underwater mine and submarine research for the Confederacy from tiny La Vaca, Texas.
Published: September 24, 2007 at 3:12 pm
During World War II, the Japanese try to reinforce New Guinea in the South Pacific, only to face the wrath of Allied Air Power - a battle that showed what air power could do to surface vessels running largely without air cover.
Published: June 07, 2007 at 5:07 pm
A major player in the South Pacific theater of World War II, William F. Halsey was a controversial leader whose success was countered with controversy at Leyte Gulf and during "Halsey's Typhoon" which damaged much of his fleet.
Published: May 17, 2007 at 3:48 pm
The German vessel Emden undertook the most remarkable commerce raiding cruise of World War I, destroying fifteen enemy merchantmen in three months, sinking a Russian cruiser and a French destroyer, and greatly embarrassing the Royal Navy.
Published: September 01, 2006 at 9:57 am
In the War of 1812, David Porter took his Essex into the remote South Pacific to fight a sustained war against British ships all on his own--and built up a small fleet in the process.By Tim DeForest
Published: August 31, 2006 at 3:40 pm
At the North African port of Mers-el-Kebir, the Royal Navy and the French fleet clashed for the first time in more than a century.By Robert J. Brown
Published: August 31, 2006 at 3:10 pm
The Allied strike force reached Badoeng Strait too late to stop the Japanese invasion -- and the one transport they found was defended by two tenacious destroyers.By Tom Womack
Published: August 31, 2006 at 12:40 pm
Fortitude and luck saved an American heavy cruiser from Japanese fire in the Battle of the Komandorski Islands.By Michael Morgan
Published: August 29, 2006 at 1:47 pm
A storm at sea set the stage for a siege, a naval battle and an island assault whose outcome astonished all of ancient Greece.By Richard M. Berthold