Norman’s Corner: Who is Nigel West?

By Norman Polmar (Editor’s note: This is the 21st in a series of blogs by Norman Polmar—author, analyst, and consultant specializing in the naval, aviation, and intelligence fields. Follow the full series here.) Nigel West is not a spy.  Some people think that he is.  British journalist and documentary film producer Jon Ronson, in his

BOOK REVIEW – U.S. Marines in Battle: An-Nasiriya 23 March – 2 April 2003

By Col. Rod Andrew Jr. USMCR, U.S. Marine Corps History Division, Marine Corps University, Quantico, VA, (2013) Reviewed by Col. Curt Marsh, USMC (Ret.) This booklet documents a notable battle in Marine Corps history.  Colonel Andrew is a professor of history at Clemson University who served as an artillery officer during Operation Desert Storm.  Andrew

BOOK REVIEW – A Family Saga: Flush-Deck Destroyers 1917-1955

By Lt. Cdr. John L. Dickey; Revised by David W. McComb, Merriam Press, Bennington, VT, (2013) Reviewed by Samuel Loring Morison Not since the U.S. Naval Institute published Commander John Alden’s famous Flush Decks and Four Pipes in 1965 has such a study been published. A Family Saga is twice the length of Commander Alden’s

BOOK REVIEW – Recent Works in the Naval War of 1812

The Naval War of 1812 “America’s Second War of Independence:” Collections of William I. Koch and the U.S. Naval Academy Museum By Dr. William S. Dudley with Dr. J. Scott Harmon, United States Naval Academy. Annapolis, MD, (2013) In Their Own Words: The Navy Fights the War of 1812 By Vice Adm. George W. Emery,

BOOK REVIEW – Naval Air: Celebrating A Century of Naval Flying

By Philip Kaplan, Pen & Sword Books, Ltd, South Yorkshire, UK, (2013) Reviewed by Jan Churchill Eminent aviation historian Philip Kaplan, an American living in Cheltenham, England, wrote a compelling book that explores the most significant aspects in the development of naval aviation over the past century. When air power became a major factor during

BOOK REVIEW – Die Reise des Kreuzers Karlsruhe. Nov. 1931 – Dez. 1932. Tagebuch

By Kurt Gross, Edited by Simone C. De Santiago Ramos, Gerhard Hess Verlag, Bad Schussenried, Germany, (2013) Reviewed by Ingo Heidbrink, Ph.D. The diary of Kurt Gross, a petty officer of the German navy (Reichsmarine), covers the journey of the cruiser Karlsruhe to North and South America between November 1931 and December 1932. It is

BOOK REVIEW – Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919-45 (2): Asashio to Tachibana Classes

By Mark Stille, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, United Kingdom, (2013) Reviewed by Diana L. Ahmad, Ph.D. This second volume about Japanese World War II destroyers continues Mark Stille’s excellent work.  Once again, the book provides many details about when the Japanese built the vessels, the changes implemented, and ultimately what happened to the ships. As with

BOOK REVIEW – Victory: From Fighting the Armada to Trafalgar and Beyond

By Iain Ballantyne & Jonathan Eastland, Pen & Sword Maritime, South Yorkshire, UK, (2013) Reviewed by John R. Satterfield, DBA Few military leaders rise to iconic status and are worshipped by the nations they serve long after they’re gone.  Few weapon systems utilized in their careers share the adulation of these heroes.  Vice Admiral Horatio

The LEGO Lady Lex: Building a Seven Foot Long Aircraft Carrier Model Out of Plastic Bricks

By Dave Colamaria I was excited to hear that the Naval Historical Foundation is working with the Hampton Roads Naval Museum on the 2014 LEGO Shipbuilding Program this coming February. I had a great time at last year’s event (see the story here) and I thought a lot over the past year about a follow-up

WNY Then and Now: Building No. 142 and 201

We would like to introduce a new segment to the NHF Blog page: Washington Navy Yard: Then and Now.  We will be showing the growth and changes in Washington Navy Yard history from yesterday through today.  Today’s images discuss Building 201, just a few blocks from the National Museum of the United States Navy. The

Vice Admiral Michelle Howard and the Wind of Change for Military Women

  “Men have the luxury of being average.  When you walk in as a woman, that assumption does not come with you.” –  Michelle Howard, Commander, USS Rushmore, Time Magazine, 2000.   This blog discusses American naval history. History, by definition, is a study of the past. It is a very rare and special treat

Norman’s Corner: The Father of Aegis

By Norman Polmar (Editor’s note: This is the 20th in a series of blogs by Norman Polmar—author, analyst, and consultant specializing in the naval, aviation, and intelligence fields. Follow the full series here.) In the mid-1970s my neighbors in Northern Virginia included Stu and Martha Landersman.  Stu was a Navy captain and a surface warfare

The Vanquished Here is the Victor of the Field: Army-Navy Football Rivalry During WWII

Tomorrow marks the 114th Army-Navy football game.  Due to a recent string of success (11 straight victories), Navy holds the current record at 57-49-7.  Navy football did not always dominate the storied rivalry.  During World War II, the rivalry between the Midshipmen and Black Knights was better than ever. Despite any misgivings the other service

Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr. and the USS Cairo: The “Jonah Man” of the Civil War Navy

Today, we commemorate the 151st anniversary of the sinking of the ironclad USS Cairo.  The Cairo sank in the river during the 1862 Yazoo Pass Expedition.  This article is the beginning of a series of articles in partnership with the Civil War Navy Sesquicentennial, an official U.S. Navy commemoration. Americans today revel in stories of people

BOOK REVIEW – The Men of the Arizona (BB-39): Revised Edition

By T.J. Cooper, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Charleston, S.C., (2013) Reviewed by LCdr. Jason P. Grower, USN December 7th marks a somber occasion – the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  It was a seminal moment which changed the world and defined a generation.  Thus the date is a remembrance of those