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  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- February 2011

    Merciful Lie? Convicted War Criminal May Have Saved Allied Lives It was a meeting that may well have changed the course of the war— although not in the way historians have long assumed. Victory seemed to be slipping away from the Germans...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Letters from Readers- April 2011

    The Unsinkable Higgins Boat I enjoyed your article “The Bridge to the Beach” (November/December). Only a few people knew how rugged the Higgins LCVP landing craft proved to be under actual combat conditions. After surviving three days...

  • World War II Magazine

    Clean Sweep: A Mine Sweeper’s Journey

    After the war ended, the war against underwater mines went on. One sailor’s story. On paper, in August 1945, and nearly every serviceman wanted to go home. For me and others serving on minesweepers, the war was over the end seemed...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Catch Me If You Can

    How a crafty German admiral led the Royal Navy on a wild chase across the Mediterranean and changed the balance of power in the First World War. Almost a year into World War I, American diplomat Lewis Einstein met Wilhelm Souchon, a rear...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    A Different Kind of Naval Warfare

    In early March 1862, crews in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Portsmouth, Va., rushed to complete two vessels radically different designs. In Brooklyn, the Union ironclad Monitor completed sea trials before heading to Hampton Roads, Va., to counter...

  • 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

    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...

  • 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...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Field Notes- America’s Civil War July 2013

    Scientists vow to ID Monitor sailors Since dental X-rays and other such medical records didn’t exist during the Civil War, the job of identifying two sailors entombed in the USS Monitor for 150 years is a tricky one. But forensic...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Past and Present- Civil War Times June 2013

    Two Monitor Crewmen Honored at Arlington On March 8, 2013—the 151st anniversary of the historic Monitor-Merrimac battle of 1862—the remains of two unidentified Monitor sailors were buried with full honors at Arlington National...

  • World War II Magazine

    Kneeling to Neptune

    On a journey from innocence to experience, a Marine and his buddies found a flash of levity in an ancient mariners’ ritual. IN WAR THERE ARE SOME LINES YOU CROSS AND some lines you don’t. Some of those lines you’ll come back across...

  • World War II Magazine

    True Fiction: The Caine Mutiny

    Why a classic World War II story always matters. Herman Wouk’s The Caine Mutiny may be the greatest American novel of World War II. This 1951 study of men at war with a foreign foe and with each other spent 122 weeks on the New York...

  • World War II Magazine

    Goliath Unleashed: Japan’s Supership

    When Japan’s supership finally took aim at its intended enemy during history’s greatest naval battle, the result was not at all what the Japanese had envisioned. Thursday morning, October 25, 1944, found the battleship Yamato steaming...

  • HistoryNet

    Sinking An Ally, 1940

    After France surrendered to Germany, Britain’s Royal Navy smashed the French fleet at Mers-el-Kébir, Algeria. The popular narrative of World War II is typically summed up thus: In a consistent show of staunch unity, Allied forces came...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Emperor Vs. Pirate: Tunis 1535

    Suleiman’s proxy, pirate Khair ad-Din “Barbarossa,” bet that he could defend Tunis against Charles V’s massive invasion force. He was mistaken. In the winter of 1533–1534, hundreds of skilled craftsmen filled the shipyards and...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Death Boards the Essex

    U.S. Navy captain David Porter bore the elements of greatness—but his epic 1812 Pacific voyage led to a Shakespearean final act. At age 32 in 1812, David Porter Jr., the son of a Revolutionary War seafarer, was a proud, ambitious man in...