Call for Papers: “The Anglo-German Naval Arms Race and the First World War at Sea”

This conference (16-18 July 2014) aims to explore the Anglo-German naval arms race during the early twentieth century and the Great War at sea with an emphasis prior to the Battle of Jutland. Any methodological approach and any aspect of the naval history of this period will be very welcome, including papers addressing French, Austro-Hungarian,

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Fletcher Class Destroyer Operations – Part II

By Captain George Stewart, USN (RET) This is the fourth in a series of articles by Captain Stewart detailing the technical specifications, manning, and operations of the U.S. Navy’s Fletcher class destroyers. In my last article (read it here) I wrote about operations of a Fletcher class destroyer, based on my experiences serving in USS

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Norman’s Corner: Admiral Chris Cagle in War and in Peace

By Norman Polmar (Editor’s note: This is the sixteenth 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 high school I began writing my first book—a history of the world’s aircraft carriers. In 1964, I wrote to the

Government Shutdown Impact to NHF Photo Reproductions and Museum Store

With the news of the government shutdown this week, we want to pass along word of a few impacts to Naval Historical Foundation members and customers. Our office is open as normal, and we will be available by email and phone. But we will not be able to fulfill photo reproduction orders from the collection

Call for Papers: “Who Burnt Whose Capital? The Royal Navy and Winning the War of 1812”

Keynote address by Professor Andrew Lambert, King’s College London, 5-6 September 2014 The War of 1812 was very much a maritime war and one that had its roots in contrasting approaches to the conduct of maritime warfare, especially belligerent and neutral rights. This conference will explore the War of 1812 and the role played by

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New Admiral Holloway Donor Society Promotes NHF Mission for the Longterm

The Admiral James L. Holloway III Society (Holloway Society) has been established by the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) to recognize individuals that donate or formally pledge to give $100,000 or more to NHF. New Holloway Society members, those who have already donated $100,000 or more, and those who complete or exceed the full $100,000 contribution

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Vietnam POWs: “Battle Behind Bars” Video

U.S. military personnel taken prisoner during the Vietnam War endured years of brutal captivity. Take a look at this video which describes the experience of captured U.S. naval aviators and their “Battle Behind Bars,” currently featured in the U.S. Navy Museum’s Cold War Gallery, at the Washington Navy Yard. The video was developed by the

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Three Recipients of Knox Naval History Lifetime Achievement Award

Every other year, top scholars, historians, and professionals gather at the McMullen Naval History Symposium at the United States Naval Academy. They have the opportunity to listen to lectures on cutting edge research, network with their peers, and soak in the history on the beautiful grounds of the Academy in Annapolis. This year, conference participants

Call for Proposals: Sessions, Panels, Papers on Sea Literature, History, and Culture

Popular Culture & American Culture Associations National Conference pcaaca.org/ April 16-19, 2014 Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile Chicago, IL Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, with four papers each. You may propose individual papers, special panels, or sessions organized around a theme. Possible sea-related topics include, but are not limited to: Movies, art, music

NHF Sponsors Reception at Navy Museum to Commemorate Battle of Lake Erie

  On Tuesday evening, the Naval Historical Foundation sponsored a reception at the National Museum of the United States Navy, celebrating the Bicentennial of the Navy’s great victory at the Battle of Lake Erie. That War of 1812 naval battle ended in a stunning defeat of a British squadron, and gave the United States uncontested

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Norman’s Corner: Missile Boat Commander Extraordinaire

By Norman Polmar (Editor’s note: This is the fifteenth 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.) During my professional career I have consulted to three foreign navies—Australian, Chinese, and Israeli—as well as to several foreign commercial firms.

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Amateur Builder Completes Detailed Model of U.S. Brig Niagara

We’re always interested to hear about the ship model projects our members and friends are busy working on. We recently heard from NHF member Robert Allen, who has completed a detailed model of U.S. Brig Niagara, from the War of 1812. As we come up on the 200th anniversary of the great American victory in