By Gregory Fremont-Barnes, Osprey Publishing, UK (2011). Reviewed by Captain John A. Rodgaard USN (Ret.) Osprey Publishing’s Campaign Series of books are noted for their concise quality in conveying military history. One of their latest offerings, written by Dr. Gregory Fremont-Barnes, is no exception. Nile 1798: Nelson’s First Great Victory is well laid-out; succinctly written
The Naval Historical Foundation is pleased to announce the eight selectees for the 2012 Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and History (STEM-H) Teacher Fellowship. Selectees will use the exhibits of the Cold War Gallery of the National Navy Museum in Washington DC during their two-week fellowship to develop standards-based lesson plans, based on the technology, engineering, science, and mathematics
A statement from Rear Admiral Jay DeLoach, USN (Ret), Director of the Naval History and Heritage Command: “I shared with my command today that I will be voluntarily stepping down as their director. The turnover process with the new director will commence May 1 and end prior to May 15. When I took this job
Construction of the new Cold War Gallery exhibit, “Into the Lion’s Den,” is progressing nicely. The exhibit remembers the 1972 night battle in the narrow, mined confines of Haiphong Harbor between U.S. Navy surface warships and aircraft, and North Vietnamese PT boats. The centerpiece of the new exhibit will be a reconstruction of the armored
By Jerry Miller, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, ( 2010) Reviewed by Charles Bogart This well-written and crafted book is an insider’s look at how the United States’ strategic nuclear weapon stockpile grew from three weapons in 1945 to over 10,000 in 1980 and then began to shrink to its present level of some 2,000.
For the eighth year, the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute is pleased to announce that it will award prizes for the best unpublished research papers dealing with the United States military in the Cold War era (1945-1991). Any aspect of the Cold War military
Commander David Bruhn, USN (Ret) is one of the leading authorities on the history of U.S. Navy mine warfare. He is perhaps best known as the author of the multi-volume Wooden Ships and Iron Men series. Volume I, The U.S. Navy’s Ocean Minesweepers, 1953–1994, tells the story of the long service lives of the 65
By Angus Konstam, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, (2011). Reviewed by Charles Bogart For the past decade, Osprey Publishing has been producing high quality, well illustrated books on various military affairs. This book is part of their Raid Series and tells the story of Sir Francis Drake’s raid on Spanish possessions in the Caribbean Sea. With
Dr. Robert Ballard, an educator and undersea explorer best known for his rediscovery of the wreck of Titanic in 1985, met with Naval Historical Foundation leadership at the Washington Navy Yard on Tuesday, 10 April 2012. Dr. Ballard serves on the Foundation’s Advisory Council, and was here to discuss educational programs and the opportunity for
On 3 April 2012, RADM William J. Holland, USN (Ret.), Vice President of the Naval Historical Foundation, presented a digital copy of hundreds of World War II Submarine War Patrol Reports to the Navy Department Library on behalf of retired EMC(SS) John Clear, USN. Accepting the donation was RDML Jay DeLoach, USN (Ret.), Director of
The Naval War College Foundation intends to award one grant of $1,000 to the researcher with the greatest need and can make the optimum use of the research materials for naval history located in the Naval War College’s Archives, Naval Historical Collection, Naval War College Museum, and Henry E. Eccles Library. Further information on the
BOOK REVIEW: Digesting History – The U.S. Naval War College, The Lessons of World War II, and the Future of Naval Warfare, 1945-47
By Hal M. Friedman, Naval War College Press, Newport, RI (2010). Reviewed by Thomas P. Ostrom Hal M. Friedman brings a scholarly background to his naval history writing: associate chair and professor of modern history at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan, and an MA and Ph.D. in political science and international relations. Dr.
We’re moving along rapidly with planning for the new Cold War Gallery exhibit, “Into the Lion’s Den.” The exhibit tells the story of the 1972 raid into Haiphong Harbor by four U.S. Navy warships to shell enemy shore positions. We’ve just received detailed engineering drawings for the exhibit, which have been submitted to Naval Facilities
In a letter to Foundation President VADM Robert F. Dunn, USN (Ret), dated 21 March 2012, Undersecretary of the Navy Robert O. Work formally accepted the Covert Submarine Operations exhibit in the Cold War Gallery on behalf of the Department of the Navy. Construction of this exhibit was completed in 2011 by Design and Production,
By Steven Craig Reynolds, Authorhouse, Bloomington IN (2009) Reviewed by David F. Winkler Whereas a recent blog story featured a Curt Marsh review of David Sears Such Men as These, it is timely to review what could be called a companion book by Steven Craig Reynolds that attempts to answer the question “Where do We