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BOOK REVIEW – Among Heroes: A Marine Corps Rifle Company on Peleliu

By First Sergeant Jack R. Ainsworth, USMC, Edited by Ambassador Laurence Pope (Retired), U.S. Marine Corps History Division, Quantico, VA (2011) Reviewed by Colonel Curt Marsh, USMCR Retired This small book Among Heroes, published by the U.S. Marine Corps History Division,  is a fairly quick read and well worth the effort. The book is actually

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BOOK REVIEW – Battle of North Cape, the Death Ride of the Scharnhorst, 1943

By Angust Konstam, Pen and Sword, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England (2008) Reviewed by Alberto R Savoretti MD Angus Konstam’s Battle of North Cape brings to light this forgotten engagement with balance and flair. The lack of primary sources of the German side of which there were only a few dozen survivors has made it difficult for historians to

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BOOK REVIEW – Horrible Shipwreck!

By Andrew C. A. Jampoler, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, (2010). Reviewed by Mark Lardas On August 31, 1833 the convict transport Amphitrite ran aground off Boulogne, France. By dawn of the next day, all aboard, except for three crew members, were dead, drowned when the incoming tide swamped the ship and battered the hull

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BOOK REVIEW – E-BOAT vs. MTB: The English Channel 1941-45

By Gordon Williamson, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, UK, (2011). Reviewed by Captain John A. Rodgaard, U.S.Navy (Retired) E-BOAT vs. MTB is Gordon Williamson’s latest contribution to Osprey Publishing Company’s Osprey’s “Duel” series of short works that emphasize the “…account of machines of war pitted against each other and the combatants who operate them.” With E-BOAT vs.

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BOOK REVIEW – Great Lakes Warships, 1812-1815

By Mark Lardas, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, United Kingdom (2010) Reviewed by Diana L. Ahmad, Ph.D. For a book of only forty-eight pages, this publication provides an excellent overview of the Great Lakes ships of the War of 1812. An amateur historian, the author, Mark Lardas, trained as a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineer, but worked

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BOOK REVIEW – Fight for the Fjords: The Battle for Norway 1940

M. J. Pearce and R. Porter, ed., University of Plymouth Press, Plymouth, UK (2012). Reviewed by Richard P. Hallion, Ph.D. The battle for Norway is not one of the more extensively studied campaigns of the Second World War, though it certainly has its share of lessons learned-and-lost that anyone interested in maritime affairs should know. 

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BOOK REVIEW – Destroyer Captain: Lessons of a First Command

By Admiral James Stavridis, USN, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. (2012) Reviewed by Stephen Phillips Admiral James Stavridis is a prolific writer. Perhaps most well known are his contributions in the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings, and USNI blog. Admiral Stavridis has also contributed to similar publications such as the Naval War College Review and Joint

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BOOK REVIEW – The Journey of a Warrior, The Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, General Alfred Mason Gray

By Col. Gerald H. Turley, USMCR (Ret.), IUniverse, Inc., (2012). Reviewed by John Grady The Journey of a Warrior is a “friend’s book.” Gerald Turley has known, respected, and worked with and for Al Gray for years. That is both the book’s greatest strength and a weakness. As he wrote, “Again, this is not a

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BOOK REVIEW – Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan, the Japanese Navy’s Story

By Mitsuo Fuchida and Masatake Okumiya, Bluejacket Books, Annapolis, MD, (2001). Reviewed by Jason McHale “They had no right to win. Yet they did, and in so doing changed the course of a war…” (Incredible Victory, IX) Walter Lord used these words to describe the American forces that fought at the Battle of Midway. Three

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BOOK REVIEW – Warship 2011

Edited by John Jordan,  Conway, London, Great Britain. (2011). Reviewed by Kempton Baldridge Jr. The annual Warship series covers a wide variety of naval topics, both historical and contemporary.  Last year’s edition covered three main subjects: naval strategy and tactics, naval architecture, and naval incidents and developments.  Many of the essays contained in this volume

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BOOK REVIEW – Athenia Torpedoed: The U-Boat Attack That Ignited the Battle of the Atlantic

By Francis M. Carroll, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. (2012) Reviewed by David Kronenfeld Athenia Torpedoed is the latest work by Canadian history professor Francis M. Carroll. The author of ten books, Professor Carroll is currently professor emeritus at the University of Manitoba. Athenia Torpedoed documents the passenger ship Athenia’s background, sailing, sinking, and resulting

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BOOK REVIEW – Many Were Held by the Sea: The Tragic Sinking of HMS Otranto

By R. Neil Scott, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, MD. (2012.) Reviewed by Alan M. Anderson During World War I, over two million American servicemen were successfully transported across the Atlantic Ocean to England and France. Of the many troopships traveling eastward, German U-boats torpedoed three. The only other troopship lost, Otranto, sank on 6

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BOOK REVIEW – The Other Side of the Night: The Carpathia, the Californian and the Night the Titanic Was Lost

By Daniel Allen Butler, Casemate, Philadelphia, PA. Newbury, Great Britain. (2009). Reviewed by James Quinn Still today the world’s most famous ship, RMS Titanic and her last hours have been the subject of a 1950s best-seller and a multi-Oscar winning blockbuster of the 1990s. In The Other Side of the Night, the story is expanded

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BOOK REVIEW – Hunting Tirpitz: Royal Navy Operations Against Bismarck’s Sister Ship

Edited by G H Bennett Ph.D, Plymouth University Press, England, (2012) Reviewed by David Kronenfeld Hunting Tirpitz is a new work in a series of books recently released by the University of Plymouth Press. The series is entitled Britannia Naval Histories of World War II and comprises declassified government documents describing various naval operations during

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BOOK REVIEW – Hitler’s Ghost Ships: Graf Spee, Scharnhorst, and Disguised German Raiders

By G. H. Bennett (editor), Britannia Naval Histories of World War II, University of Plymouth Press, Plymouth, UK (2012). Reviewed by Charles C. Kolb, Ph.D. This volume is one of the first in a new series of books on Royal Navy engagements with the Axis Powers during World War II. Battle Summaries from the archives