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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Naval Historical Foundation “The Navy” art calendar is now available for purchase. It features artwork covering 239 years of Navy and Marine Corps action. The calendar is a tribute to the men and women who have fought to protect our nation, to deter aggression, and to maintain
We just wanted to let everyone know that our office at the Washington Navy Yard re-opened late last week, and we are operating normally. If you are planning a visit to the Yard for research purposes or to visit the Navy Museum or Cold War Gallery, we encourage you to contact us in advance. Security
Due to the incident Monday morning 16 September 2013, at Washington Navy Yard, the NHF office is currently closed. All NHF personnel are safe and accounted for.
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
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.
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