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  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- February 2007

    A Haunting Secret Revealed Somehow Elfriede Rinkel kept her dark secret for more than 40 years. The truth revealed, the U.S. government has sent her back home. Rinkel was a dog handler at the women-only Ravensbrück concentration camp...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- June 2007

    War Criminals Spied for the U.S. Newly declassified documents reveal that the Central Intelligence Agency recruited suspected Japanese war criminals to spy for the U.S. after World War II—and got bilked in the process. Evidence uncovered...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- December 2007

    The Kiss that Wasn’t Just a Kiss: Half of a Famous Pair Identified at Last Glenn McDuffie may just be the most famous kisser in the world. Forensic tests recently confirmed that the eighty-year-old navy veteran from Houston, Texas, is...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    A Union Whale Surfaces in New Jersey

    Intelligent Whale, the war’s most advanced submarine, has been sitting quietly for years in a New Jersey museum. Many thought it was a postwar machine. It’s time to rewrite American naval history. It’s easy to get swept into the...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    America’s Civil War Open Fire- March 2009

    Monument to U.S. Colored Troops dedicated, then vandalized Last fall, several descendants of the Connecticut 29th Colored Regiment Infantry gathered to dedicate a long-awaited monument to their ancestors. Within weeks, however, the...

  • World War II Magazine

    America’s Wolf Packs

    American submariners adapted a Nazi tactic and used it against the Japanese with deadly success. Range, mark!” the captain called. “Two-five-double- oh,” came the response. “Make ready the forward tubes,” he ordered next....

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Execute Against Japan

    Execute Against Japan:  The U.S. Decision to Conduct Unrestricted Submarine Warfare  By Joel Ira Holwitt. 262 pp. Texas A&M University Press, 2009. $37.50.  From the nation’s founding, “freedom of the seas”—the...

  • AMERICA'S CIVIL WAR MAGAZINE

    Hunley’s Harrowing Mission

    Eight committed crewmen crowded into the Confederacy’s revolutionary submersible for its first operation, it would also be its last....

  • World War II Magazine

    Strange Fortune

    An American sub at the Battle of Midway finds that luck can be a powerful weapon. By the time the USS Tambor departed from Pearl Harbor on May 21, 1942, to battle the Japanese, Robert R. Hunt, torpedo- man second class, had already...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Arms and Men: Underwater Terror

    The plucky Bushnell brothers invented the military submarine, frightened the mighty British fleet, and gave George Washington a bit of hope. LEONARDO da Vinci, a great dabbler in military machines, once sketched designs for a crude subma-...

  • MHQ Magazine

    MHQ Letters from Readers- Summer 2011

    Who’s to Blame for the PT-109 Disaster? I HAVE BEEN WAITING almost 50 years for this article “War of Revenge,” Spring 2011. I was 13 when I first read an account of the sinking of the PT-109 and wrote a book report that said I...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    The Navy’s big, green monster

    The first U.S. submarine targeted wretched Rebel ironclads. In 1869, Jules Verne wrote Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, a novel about circumnavigating the  globe underwater, in which he introduced readers to Captain Nemo’s...

  • World War II Magazine

    World War II Letters from Readers- October 2011

    Sub Spotter Thanks for the story on Red Ramage and the USS Parche. The sub’s bridge structure is at the submarine base in Pearl Harbor, at the street corner of Nimitz and Pierce. A plaque details Commander Ramage’s Medal of Honor...

  • Military History Magazine

    Decisions: Unrestricted Submarine Warfare

    Germany’s decision in January 1917 to resume unrestricted submarine warfare, thus bringing the United States into World War I, is unquestionably one of the most important events in 20th century military history. Unlike Adolf Hitler’s...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Gazette June 2013

    Did the World’s First Killer Sub Sink Itself? A MAJOR CLUE HAS SURFACED that may resolve one of the great mysteries of the Civil War: why the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley sank on February 17, 1864, just after it sent the Union sloop...

  • World War II Magazine

    In the Grip of Black Water

    When a torpedo fatally struck an American submarine, a new battle began. OCTOBER 6, 1944: THE PACIFIC The weather was deteriorating rapidly, waves doubling in size every hour. As angry green breakers pounded the USS Tang, the submarine’s...