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  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: Sea of Thunder

    Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders & the Last Great Naval Campaign, 1941–1945 by Evan Thomas, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2006, $27. The largest naval battle ever fought, the Battle of Leyte Gulf, should never have happened. It...

  • Military History Magazine

    Long Night of the Dreadnoughts

    In World War I the British and German fleets threw everything they had at each other, including 46 of the largest battleships of the era—then both claimed victory. Standing on the bridge of his flagship Lion, Vice Admiral David Beatty...

  • Military History Magazine

    Ship of Fear

    One well-placed cruise missile or even a World War II torpedo could take out a modern aircraft carrier, but 90 years of success suggest these uniquely American weapons are here to stay. The sight of an aircraft carrier up close, even at...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Review: The Mariners’ Museum

    The Mariners’ Museum,  Newport News, Virginia It’s midnight, New Year’s Eve 1862, on the rolling deck of USS Monitor. Sailors scramble to free a towline only to be flung into the sea by breaking waves. Orders are shouted above...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: Halsey’s Typhoon

    Halsey’s Typhoon: The Epic Story of a Fighting Admiral, an Epic Storm and an Untold Rescue by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 2007, $25. On December 18, 1944, Admiral William F. Halsey’s Third Fleet suffered...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: Red Mutiny

    Red Mutiny: Eleven Fateful Days on the Battleship Potemkin by Neal Bascomb, Houghton Mifflin, New York, 2007, $26. More than a century has passed since sailors aboard the Imperial Russian Navy battleship Potemkin deposed their officers and...

  • Military History Magazine

    Admiral Cunningham’s Illustrious Crisis

    A brilliant British tactician, Andrew Cunningham almost lost an aircraft carrier, Malta and control of the Mediterranean in a single dive-bomb attack. Just past noon on January 10, 1941, German Air Marshal Hermann Göring’s Mediterranean...

  • Military History Magazine

    What We Learned: from the Battle of Trafalgar

    In 1805 anticipation of a great naval battle between Britain and France had been building for months. The British Royal Navy had blockaded French ports and established its supremacy on the seas. To break that blockade, France planned to...

  • Military History Magazine

    Interview with Bob Ballard: Cold War Officer, High-Tech Guru

    Since locating RMS Titanic on September 1, 1985, Dr. Robert Ballard has pinpointed the wrecks of the feared German battleship Bismarck, the American carrier USS Yorktown (lost at Midway) and Lieutenant John F. Kennedy’s PT-109. On his...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The U.S. Navy’s Last Flying Boat

    Development of Martin’s P6M was delayed until its time ran out. Middle River, Maryland, July 14, 1955: Martin Aircraft’s XP6M-1 Seamaster, the world’s first jet-powered seaplane, taxied into the river for the first flight of what one...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Eyes of the Fleet

    David Quinlan pays tribute to his Pearl Harbor veteran father. Right before 0800 hours on December 7, 1941, Boatswains Mate John J. Quinlan had just finished putting on his uniform before attending Sunday Mass when he heard explosions and...

  • American History Magazine

    Romancing the Shipwreck Coast

    It was an eerie moment. After driving for hours along Lake Superior’s eastern shore, watching storm clouds gather on the horizon, I finally stood before the crown jewels of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. The relic I had come to view...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Intrepid Mariners

    Cherbourg, France, was the final crossroads for the frequently intersecting paths of Raphael Semmes and John Winslow—and the final battle for one of the war’s most famous ships. The ship was state of the art, sleek and fast. Identified...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: Stephen Russell Mallory

    Stephen Russell Mallory: A Biography of the Confederate Navy Secretary and United States Senator by Rodman L. Underwood, McFarland & Company, 2006, 256 pages, $35. Rodman L. Underwood’s biography of Stephen R. Mallory expands our...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    The Art of Ironclads

    Pieces from the USS Monitor Center’s collection illustrate that the famous Monitor-Virginia duel heralded a sea change in naval art as well as technology. Catching his first glimpse of the widely acclaimed Union warship USS Monitor in...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: Clyde Built

    Clyde Built: Blockade Runners, Cruisers and Armoured Rams of the American Civil War by Eric J. Graham, Birlinn Press, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2006, 238 pages, $34.95. Eric J. Graham’s Clyde Built provides a unique Scottish perspective on...