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  • American History Magazine

    It was Titanic

    In 1912, a ship was the only way to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and a century later it is easy to forget that some 2 million people made the transoceanic journey that year. But the RMS more than just a ship. We forget the self-acclaim, the...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Ural on URLs-Mariners Museum

    The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Va., has about 60,000 square feet of exhibit galleries displaying more than 35,000 maritime artifacts. The majority of the museum’s holdings in the galleries and the research library are best...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Reviews: The CSS Virginia and the USS Monitor

    The CSS Virginia: Sink Before Surrender  John V. Quarstein; The History Press Iron Coffin: War, Technology, and Experience Aboard the USS Monitor  David A. Mindell; The Johns Hopkins University Press A lot has been written on the...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King

    The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King:  The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea By Walter R. Borneman. 576 pp. Little, Brown and Company, 2012. $29.99. This remarkable quartet of five-star American naval leaders deserves...

  • World War II Magazine

    Pirates of the Aegean

    The Levant Schooner Flotilla, a tiny special forces unit, waged an obscure but merciless campaign across the eastern Mediterranean. Just after midnight on April 22, 1944, two wooden fishing boats and a motor launch landed noiselessly on...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Islands of Destiny

    Islands of Destiny: The Solomons Campaign and the Eclipse of the Rising Sun  By John Prados. 416 pp. NAL Hardcover, 2012. $26.95.  Move over, Midway. John Prados wants to bump the famed naval battle from its vaunted spot as the...

  • HistoryNet

    America’s Daring Frigate Captains

    In the War of 1812, Britain’s powerful Royal Navy met its match in a determined band of U.S. Navy warship commanders. On June 18, 1812, the United States Congress declared war on Great Britain, initiating what some historians judge the...

  • HistoryNet

    Crisis Watch: AirSea Prattle

    Our pivot to the Pacific is nothing new. Two related developments concerning our military engagement in the Pacific theater leave historians and strategists shaking their heads: The announced doctrine (that isn’t really a doctrine),...

  • HistoryNet

    The 1838 Invasion of Canada

    A small British vessel gallantly stood in the way of an invasion from America. It was a cold November morning on the Saint Lawrence River in 1838. British Royal Navy Lieutenant William Fowell stood on the deck of Her Majesty’s Steam...

  • HistoryNet

    Admiral Dewey and the Battle of Manila Bay, 1898

    The Spanish-American War began with a naval battle – and a Pacific empire at stake. MAY 1, 1898, MANILA BAY, PHILIPPINES Nine U.S. Navy ships of the Asiatic Squadron, with their lights extinguished and with Commodore George Dewey’s...

  • HistoryNet

    Kublai Khan’s Mongol Navy

    Ships helped Mongol armies conquer 13th-century China. Beginning in A.D. 1206, Genghis Khan’s Mongol military forces burst out of the central Asian steppes and over the next century conquered the largest contiguous land empire in...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Experience: Prepare for War

    British troops en route to the Falklands gird for battle—and try to tame their jitters. At the start of the 1982 Falklands War, the BBC’s Brian Hanrahan was embedded with the troops on the British aircraft carrier Hermes as it left...

  • MHQ Magazine

    William T. Sherman Joins the Navy

    Throughout the American Civil War, both sides understood the importance of railroads and rivers, the two primary means of moving goods and people across vast distances. In A Blaze of Glory, the first volume in Jeff Shaara’s Civil War...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    My War: Wayne Jensen

    Petty Officer Third Class, U.S. Navy 1963-66; November 1967 – November 1968 When I joined the Navy at 17 in Milwaukee, the Bay of Pigs was a big issue, and everyone thought we were going to war. My mom didn’t want my father to sign for...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Interview: National Archivist’s Da Nang Detour

    Before dropping out of college and joining the Navy in 1967, David Ferriero had worked two jobs to help pay for his education. One of them propelled him to become a Navy corpsman in Vietnam and pursue a medical career, but the other...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Interview: A Coastie Meditates on War and Peace

    Retired Coast Guard Reserve Rear Admiral Richard Schneider has been serving his country since graduating from the Coast Guard Academy in 1968. As a gunnery officer aboard a cutter off the coast of Vietnam, he supported troops on shore by...