Reviewed by Ingo Heidbrink. While marine painting was a fairly common artistic genre up to the 19th and early 20th century, ships of the second half of the 20th and the early decades of the 21st century only rarely caught the attention of professional artists, and the profession of the marine painter needs to be
Recorded on January 16, 2021, this installment of the Naval Historical Foundation’s ‘Second Saturday Webinar Series’ covers the role of the United States Navy in Operation Desert Storm. Featuring remarks from RADM Sam J. Cox, CAPT Daniel D. Thompson, and CAPT Peter D. Haynes, enjoy this fascinating conversation on the Navy in recent historical events.
Reviewed by Charles C. Kolb, Ph.D. There has been a deluge of new books and recent articles focusing on American wartime shipbuilding, 1939-1945, witness Evan Mawdsley’s The War for the Seas: A Maritime History of World War II (New Haven, CT and London: Yale University Press, 2019) and Jamie McGrath ‘s “Peacetime Naval Rearmament, 1933-39:
Reviewed by Admiral Walter F. Doran, USN (Ret.) Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt draws on his thirty-four year Naval career and a decades long involvement with National Security issues within the Department of Defense and with the Center for Naval Analysis to produce a timely and well written book. He chronicles the evolution of the PLA
The Naval Historical Foundation Welcomes Admiral James G. “Jamie” Foggo, USN (Ret.) To its Board of Directors
At a December 8th meeting of the NHF Board of Directors, the nominating committee submitted recently retired Admiral James Foggo as a candidate for the Board of Directors. The Board voted unanimously to welcome him on board. Per the foundation’s by-laws, Admiral Foggo’s nomination will be affirmed by the membership at the annual meeting of
The Influence of Sea Power Upon History: The Current National Strategic Implications – SECOND SATURDAY WEBINAR
Published in 1890, Alfred Thayer Mahan’s ‘The Influence of Sea Power Upon History’ catalyzed a wave of strategic realignment around the world and the naval arms race of World War one. Mahan’s book is still required reading in military history courses today and has been studied by historians, scholars, and sailors for over a century.
Reviewed by ENS Sean Bland, USNR (Chaplain Candidate) I first encountered Alfred Thayer Mahan as an undergraduate student in Professor Paul Kennedy’s “Military History of the West Since 1500” course at Yale. Mahan was studied in-depth and championed as the premier naval historian and strategist of the modern world. Mahan’s personal, religious convictions were, unsurprisingly,
Reviewed by Dr. Charles C. Kolb, Ph.D. This innovative series of well-researched, highly-illustrated hardcover volumes provides detailed combat narratives of the 7 December 1941 Japanese attacks on United States military bases in Hawaii which would, within days, lead to American declarations of war against Axis powers and entry into both the Pacific and European Theaters
Reviewed by Rear Admiral William J. Holland, USN (RET). Commodore Thompson’s wonderful memoir opens by describing a major steam leak in a submerged submarine where he was what we call the Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW). This is as scary and stressing an event as can happen in a nuclear powered submarine. How he
Reviewed by Col Jody Owens. The Allied forces began Operation Overlord on June 6, 1944. The battle continued until late August with the escape of German forces through the Falaise Gap. This roughly three-month clash became one of military history’s most famous battles. In the 76 years since the pitched battle occurred, countless historians, military
Reviewed by Ed Calouro HMS Vanguard was the final battleship built for the Royal Navy. She represented the last of a long line of historic ships stretching back at least a century to the ironclad HMS Warrior (1860) if not to HMS Victory (commissioned in 1778) and similar ships of the line. It was a
What the Navy Learned from Guadalcanal November 13, 2018 By: Curtis Utz, Nicholas Roland and Guy Nasuti, Historians, Naval History and Heritage Command The naval battles off Guadalcanal in 1942 were part of the first major U.S. amphibious offensive in the Pacific. Although the U.S. Navy’s performance in the campaign was mixed, the fighting at Guadalcanal