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========================================== Naval Warfare and Maritime History Digest #17 =========================================== From: Donna Sinclair <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 3 February 2013 Following the format and functionality of David Silbey's H-WAR Military History Digest the Naval History Digest is an eclectic mix of links to articles, blogs, book reviews, conference announcements, syllabi, etc. dedicated to naval warfare studies. If you have content submissions, suggestions, announcements, etc. please send them to <email@example.com>. T.O.C. 1. Articles 2. Blogs- Blogs & Forums to Watch 3. Books—Recent Publications, PDFS/E-Books, Dissertations 4. Book Reviews 5. Review Announcements 6. Conferences—Call for papers & Forthcoming conferences 7. Fellowships, Funding, Research, & Seminar Opportunities 8. Awards 9. Misc. Publishing Calls 10. H-Net X-Posts 11. Misc. Announcements 12. Teaching Naval History: Resources 13. Spot Light Naval Battle 14. Spot Light Navy ========= ARTICLES ========= ------------------ 19th Century ------------------ 1. Dean, Sidney E. Armed with global ambitions and support from presidents both Democrat and Republican, U.S. naval reformers of the 1880s and ’90s transformed America’s moribund sea force. Naval History Magazine—February 2013, Vol. 27, no. 1. The Spanish-American War of 1898 was decided by the U.S. Navy’s overwhelming victory over a Spanish armada. Taken together, the naval battles at Manila Bay and Santiago de Cuba amounted to a mere ten hours of combat, but the resulting American maritime dominance isolated the Spanish garrisons on the Philippines and Cuba, ensuring their defeat. The U.S. Navy’s decisive superiority in 1898 gained the United States a set of overseas territories as well as membership in the club of major powers. It was in stark contrast to the situation 16 years earlier, when the U.S. Fleet’s combat strength… <http://www.usni.org/magazines/navalhistory/2013-01/new-navy-new-power> ------------- Civil War ------------- 1. Lindsay, Drew. "Lincoln's year of living dangerously." MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History Winter 2013: 89. General OneFile. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln focuses on the last few months of the president's life, a perfect setting for Hollywood drama. But students of Lincoln as commander in chief should turn to Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year, a new book by David von Drehle. The Time journalist's narrative follows Lincoln through 1862 and the Civil War's darkest hours as the Union war machine sputters and George McClellan stews… 2. Cressman, Robert J. Historic Fleets- ‘The Most Beautiful of All the Ships of Her Class.’ Naval History Magazine—February 2013, Vol. 27, no. 1. Sunday, 14 April 1861. The U.S. Navy’s engineer-in- chief, 38-year old Benjamin Franklin Isherwood, arrived at Portsmouth, Virginia, as talk of secession hung over the Tidewater region. First seeking Robert Danby, the Gosport Navy Yard’s chief engineer, a Delaware native with whom he had corresponded as to the state of affairs there, Isherwood then called upon Captain Charles S. McCauley, the yard commandant. Isherwood presented his orders to prepare the inactive steam frigate Merrimack to be moved to Philadelphia. McCauley told Isherwood to take whatever measures he deemed appropriate for expediting the work… <http://www.usni.org/magazines/navalhistory/2013-01/historic-fleets-%E2%80%98-most-beautiful-all-ships-her-class%E2%80%99> ---------------- World War I ---------------- 1. Brandt, Anthony. "From Gallipoli." Military History Mar. 2013: 16. Academic OneFile. Take, say, a rucksack, stuff it with poor leadership, bad timing, miscommunication and poor coordination among forces, political gamesmanship, overestimation of your own forces, underestimation of the enemy's and steep uphill climbs against entrenched forces, and where would you pin it to the map? Gallipoli… ----------------- World War II ----------------- 1. Givens, Ron. "Solar dispute flares up at Pearl Harbor." American History 47.6 (2013): 8. Gale Biography In Context. THE LEGENDARY AIRSTRIP on Ford Island in the middle of Pearl Harbor is the center of a dispute between historic preservationists and the U.S. Navy. Acting upon a mandate to increase the use of renewable energy, the Navy announced plans to install 60,000 solar panels on the runway, provoking an online petition (www.facebook.com/PacificAviationMuseum) by Ken DeHoff, executive director of the nearby Pacific Aviation Museum. A Navy spokesman, Bill Doughty, says it is now "looking at all the options," but DeHoff says, "We'll keep pushing this."… 2. Lyons, Chuck. "Humanity at sea." Military History Mar. 2013: 15. Academic OneFile. Korvettenkapitan Wemer Hartenstein was both a top German World War II U-boat commander and a holder of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. But it was not his prowess at sinking Allied ships for which he is remembered. His reputation for valor rests on his mid-ocean rescue of survivors from the British liner RMS Laconia--a ship he himself sent to the bottom. Hartenstein was a torpedo boat captain when war erupted in 1939. In 1941 he transferred to U-boats, and by the next spring he had already been awarded two Iron Crosses and the German Cross in Gold. In early September… 3. Wilkinson, Stephan. "Defiant restoration." Aviation History Mar. 2013: 9+. General OneFile. The U.S. had its Brewster Buffalo, and the Brits were stuck with the Boulton Paul Defiant--two off-brand, single-engine World War II aircraft that have long been mythologized as failures. Yet the Finns managed to use lightened Buffalos successfully against stiff Soviet opposition, and the Defiant's sorry record against Me-109 fighters was the result of a mission never intended for it. The Defiant also had a worthy second career as a night fighter during the 1940 London Blitz. Largely forgotten is that one squadron of Defiants was among the world's first effective electronic countermeasures units, carrying radar-jamming and spoofing equipment in support of RAF cross-Channel raids in 1942-43… 4. Hallion, Richard P. "The Lone Eagle's War." Aviation History 23.4 (2013): 22-29. Military & Government Collection. The article discusses the contributions made by the late U.S. pilot Charles A. Lindbergh to U.S. military aviation during World War II. The article discusses Lindbergh's concerns for a perceived lack of aviation preparedness prior to the war, his clashes with then-U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lindbergh's isolationist political views. The article describes Lindbergh's service in the Pacific theater of World War II as a consultant and combat pilot… 5. "Sub spots a hellcat." Aviation History Mar. 2013: 12. General OneFile. The last thing crews on the submarine Antipodes were looking for was a WWII airplane, but that's what they found in June 2012 while studying artificial reefs off Miami Beach. After researchers sent images of the plane--resting upside down 240 feet below the surface, and populated by a crew of lionfish--to the Naval History and Heritage Command, officials identified it as a Grumman F6F. Stockton Rush, president of OceanGate, which built and operates the sub, said in a Miami Herald article that he hoped to bring along Navy … ----------- Vietnam ----------- 1. Schuster, Carl O. “LIGHTING BUG WAR: Over North Vietnam.” Vietnam25. 5 (Feb 2013): 48-55. A top-secret, highly successful and still unheralded program in Vietnam presaged today's drone victories in the war on terror. At a surface-to-air missile site south of Hanoi on February 13, 1966, radar appeared to lock in on a lone incoming aerial reconnaissance aircraft. The A North Vietnamese crew launched an SA-2 Guideline missile and within 30 seconds the intruder was blasted out of the sky. The men on the ground celebrated their score, never to know the Pyrrhic nature of their victory… ------------------- Post- Vietnam ------------------- 1. The History Mystery (Proceedings Magazine—February 2013 Vol. 139/2/1,320) By: Gregory J. Martin Why is the Navy, alone among the services, so uninterested in the past? It’s crucial to gaining insights into the present and planning for the future. The motto of the United States Naval Academy is ex scientia tridens , or “from knowledge, sea power.” Yet active service members in the Fleet today often neglect one critical form of knowledge. Until recently, naval organizations charged with collecting and analyzing historical evidence—as well as creating and disseminating historical knowledge—suffered from marginalization and neglect… <http://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2013-02/history-mystery> 2. "Spain: Towards an Atlantic area? Mapping trends, perspectives and interregional dynamics between Europe, Africa and the Americas." Mena Report 19 Jan. 2013. Mesmerized by the contrast between spectacular growth in Asia and the Pacific Rim and the Wests hard times, many observers have overlooked a major reconfiguration of the Atlantic space. The North America Europe link continues to be the strongest and largest of the relationships between any two continents. But their decline in relative terms is slowly being matched by the rise of Africa, Latin America and a newly energized Arab region, all of which are increasing their interregional links and gaining weight in global affairs. Both positive factors, such as the opportunities for better management of shared resources, and negative ones, like the illegal flow of narcotics that harms the whole region, emerge as potential drivers for cooperation, competition or conflict… 3. Foley, John.” Glad to be here: Lessons in high performance from the Blue Angels.” Leader to Leader Vol 2013, Issue 67, 7, Winter 2013. Foley, the former lead solo pilot of the Navy's elite Blue Angels shares their process and mind-set for achieving the highest level of performance. It starts with the “Glad to Be Here” mind-set, which underpins the Diamond Performance Framework. This is built around tactical or strategic CenterPoints. A high belief level is necessary for high achievement, and with this comes clarity of vision. Delivery of a brief, which “contains the relevant details that people need before they get started,” helps people know what is expected. Commitment is based on contracts, and after-action debriefs are necessary, for “celebrating your victories and sharing your gratitude.”… 4. Hollway, Don. "Fox Two!" Aviation History 23.4 (2013): 54-59. Military & Government Collection. The heat-seeking AIM-9 Sidewinder went from a laboratory exercise to the preeminent air combat weapon of the jet age. The Cold War flared hot on August 23, 1958 when Communist China bombarded Matsu and Quemoy, islands of the Nationalist Republic of China (Taiwan). As Red Chinese and American warships faced off in the Formosa Strait, Nationalist F-86F Sabres flew against MiGs, including the new MiG-17 "Fresco." Cruising above and beyond the reach of the Sabres' machine guns -- weapons that had remained basically unchanged since the dawn of fighter aircraft -- Fresco pilots enjoyed not only superior numbers but superior technology. Or did they? In late September the Sabres took on new, American-supplied weaponry … -------------------- Misc/Thematic -------------------- 1. Tillman, Barrett. "Remembering Wally: before he became one of the Mercury Seven, irreverent astronaut Walter Schirra cut his teeth flying Navy fighters." Aviation History Mar. 2013: 18+. Academic OneFile. Captain Walter M. Schirra Jr. was best known to the public as the fun-loving prankster of The Right Stuff, and when he died in May 2007 he was remembered as the only astronaut to fly in each of America's first three manned space programs. But before NASA, before the hot cars, even before the puns and "gotchas" there was Wally Schirra, Weapon System--the self-proclaimed "finest hired killer in the U.S. Navy." The son of a World War I Army pilot, Wally was a product of the huge Annapolis class of 1946. Among the 1,046 graduates, he stood in the top 20 percent. Thanks to the war, the class graduated a year early. Thus did Ensign Schirra set forth to conquer the Japanese empire in June 1945… ====== BLOGS ====== ----------------- War of 1812 ----------------- 1. Resurrecting a piece of area’s naval history By: T.J. Pignataro Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, the naval hero from the War of 1812, was never one to give up on a ship. Neither are volunteers at the Buffalo Maritime Center who, two centuries later, are endeavoring to re-create the armed cutter USS Trippe, one of Perry’s nine vessels in a fleet that he led to victory in the Battle of Lake Erie on Sept. 10, 1813. A replica of Perry’s 34-foot vessel is being assembled not far from the Black Rock site where the original was built in 1811. With a lot more elbow grease, epoxy and spar varnish, what is now a wooden hull of a ship inside an Arthur Street industrial… <http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130202/CITYANDREGION/130209770/1003> ------------ Civil War ------------ 1. Confederate ambush and capture of the USS Isaac Smith By: Craig Swain One hundred and fifty years ago this afternoon, Acting Lieutenant Francis S. Conover skippered the USS Isaac Smith up the Stono River outside Charleston, South Carolina. The Smith was among the many vessels acquired by the Navy early in the war to work inside the shallow waterways. <http://civilwarnavy150.blogspot.com/2013/01/confederate-ambush-and-capture-of-uss.html> 2. Experts find new evidence in submarine mystery By: Bruce Smith Researchers said they may have the final clues needed to solve the mystery of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, which never resurfaced after it became the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship, taking its eight-man crew to a watery grave. Scientists said Monday that the Hunley apparently was less than 20 feet away from the Housatonic when the crew ignited a torpedo that sank the Union blockade ship off South Carolina in 1864. That means it may have been close enough for the crew to be knocked… <http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20130202/AIK0105/130209904/experts-find-new-evidence-in-submarine-mystery> 3. Key clue emerges in sinking of Confederate submarine By: Cathy Payne A torpedo casing may hold a key clue as to why the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley sank during the Civil War, scientists say.The new evidence suggests that the Hunley positioned itself much closer to its target — the Union ship the USS Housatonic on Feb. 17, 1864 — than previously believed. The Hunley torpedo sank the Housatonic, becoming the world's first successful... <http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/01/28/hunley-submarine-explosion/1870455/> ----------------- 19th Century ----------------- 1. Britannia celebrates its 150-year bond with Dartmouth By: admin-Royal Navy Back in September 1863 the man o’war HMS Britannia sailed up the Dart, forging a bond between the Royal Navy and the small Devon town which has never been broken.The first anniversary event to celebrate those ties will be an ‘all-star’ band concert at Britannia Royal Naval College – the imposing red brick building which has come to dominate the town and which replaced the hulks on the river. Former members of the band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Dartmouth will reunite to perform on Saturday March 30, kicking off ‘Britannia 150’. Back in 1863, HMS Britannia was a cadet training ship carrying onboard about 230 boys from… <http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/News-and-Events/Latest-News/2013/January/31/130131-Britannia-celebrates-its-150-year-bond-with-Dartmouth> ------------------ 20th Century ----------------- 1. USS Yale, USS Harrisburg (ID No. 1663) By: Remo She served as USS Yale in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. Rebuilt and renamed Philadelphia in 1901, she again served in the Navy from 1918 to 1919 as USS Harrisburg (ID No.1663) <http://navalwarfare.blogspot.com/2013/01/uss-yale-uss-harrisburg-id-no-1663.html> ---------------------- Modern Warfare ---------------------- 1. A Maritime Balkans of the 21st Century? By: Kevin Rudd These are no ordinary times in East Asia. With tensions rising from conflicting territorial claims in the East China and South China seas, the region increasingly resembles a 21st-century maritime redux of the Balkans a century ago -- a tinderbox on water. Nationalist sentiment is surging across the region, reducing the domestic political space for less confrontational approaches. Relations between China and Japan have now fallen to their lowest ebb since diplomatic normalization in 1972, significantly... <http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/01/30/a_maritime_balkans_of_the_21st_century_east_asia?wp_login_redirect=0> 2. Russian Navy in Syrian Waters By: Political Editor: The Majalla Russia to hold naval exercises off coast of Syria. A Russian naval task force is reportedly sailing into the Mediterranean this weekend for exercises with a mix of political and strategic aims linked to the crisis in Syria. Consisting of five battleships, the force may be used to evacuate Russian citizens in Syria in case Damascus falls. According to the Defence Ministry in Moscow the flotilla could be used for a variety of purposes. The ship Novocherkask is designed for close coasting and land operations, including the transfer of Russian citizens still in Syria. The ship Kaliningrad may be used for breaking a naval blockade of Syria, if one is imposed… <http://www.majalla.com/eng/2013/01/article55237794> 3. China sets navy exercise amid Japan tensions By: Associated Press China said Wednesday that its navy will proceed with a deep-water training exercise amid a continuing spat with Japan over disputed islands in the East China Sea that has sparked regular confrontations between patrol boats from each side.The Defense Ministry said in a statement that the previously scheduled exercise would take place in the coming days in the Pacific, beyond… <Http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20130131/NEWS02/701319927> 4. Maritime Professionals Prepare for Exercise Saharan Express 2013 By: Lt. Cmdr. Kevin West, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs Military and civilian maritime professionals finalized the training agenda for exercise Saharan Express 2013 (SE13) during the final planning conference at the Royal Moroccan Navy Headquarters in Casablanca, Jan. 21-23. Militaries from West Africa, Europe, and the United States joined together to plan complex scenarios to be executed during the exercise. "It is impressive to see people from so many nations and so many cultures coming together to achieve a common goal," said Capt. Andrew Lennon, exercise director for SE13... <http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=71586> 5. Cassidian TRS-4D naval radar demonstrates its capability By: Cassidian The German Navy’s F125 class frigates will be equipped with Cassidian’s newly developed TRS-4D naval radar, which will provide them with reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities that are unique worldwide. Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, has now successfully passed the first factory acceptance test for the radar system carried out by the customers, the German procurement authority BAAINBw and Blohm + Voss Naval. The first unit, which will equip a land-based… <http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29216&Itemid=116> 6. Naval Forces News – France: French Navy Dixmude LHD sails off with a full load of reinforcement for Serval operation in Mali By: NAVY Recognition Monday, January 21, 2013, French Navy Dixumde LHD (Mistral class) sailed off on alert from Toulon naval base. With a record (for the class) load of French Army troops, vehicles and equipment belonging to a battalion task force (JTF-battle group) the amphibious vessel contributes to the strengthening of the French military deployed in Operation Serval. The amphibious operations expert onboard the ship defined a loading plan, to embark and spread over all levels of the ship vehicles and equipment belonging to the various units of the joint task force. According… <http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=856> 7. U.S. sends submarine to East Sea By: Korea Joongang Daily In anticipation of a nuclear test by North Korea, a U.S. nuclear warship has been sent to a South Korean naval base for an upcoming joint military exercise. Starting Monday, Korea and U.S. will conduct a joint military exercise in the East Sea. For this exercise, several South Korean Aegis destroyers called King Sejong, 7,600-ton warship, will be mobilized as well as a 214-ton submarine. The U.S. Navy will send a 9,800-ton Aegis destroyer Shilo and a 6,900-ton nuclear submarine San Francisco... <http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/> 8. Navy Under-Secretary not worried about F-35B grounding By: Mike Hoffman Navy Under-Secretary Bob Work didn't seem concerned Tuesday about the recent grounding of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter when he discussed its future. The Marine version of the F-35 was grounded after a pilot aborted a take-off on Jan. 18 because of problems with the propulsion system. It has remained grounded since. <http://defensetech.org/2013/01/30/navy-not-worried-about-f-35b-grounding/> 9. The maritime Balkans of the 21st century By: Kevin Rudd, Washington Post For the East Asia, with escalating confrontations in the East China and South China Seas, Europe is a cautionary tale very much worthy of reflection. These are no ordinary times in East Asia. With tensions rising from conflicting territorial claims in the East China and South China seas, the region increasingly resembles a 21st-century maritime redux of the Balkans a century ago — a tinderbox on water. Nationalist sentiment is surging across the region, reducing the domestic political space for less confrontational approaches. Relations between China and Japan have now fallen to their lowest ebb since diplomatic normalisation in 1972, significantly… <http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/the-maritime-balkans-of-the-21st-century-1.1141388> -------------- Misc/Thematic -------------- 1. The Mayor's Desk: New 'innovations' through Maritime Summit (7th Feb, 2013-- Gloucester, MA) By: Carolyn Kirk This coming Thursday, the city hosts our second “Maritime Summit.” The title of the summit is “Innovations in the Maritime Economy” and we are so pleased to report that registration is completely sold out with approximately 150 people attending, exhibiting, or speaking. The first summit, held in November 2011… <http://www.gloucestertimes.com/opinion/x730437380/The-Mayors-Desk-New-innovations-through-Maritime-Summit> 2. Queen Elizabeth Will Float the Biggest Marine Turbine Engine in History By: Andrew Tarantola The 109,000 HP Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C diesel engine is the largest and most powerful, but at 2,300 tons, any warship it's attached to is going to have trouble outmaneuvering jellyfish, much less torpedoes. Instead, the British Navy is relying on a new gas turbine engine that, while only half as powerful... < http://gizmodo.com/5979608/rolls-royce-floats-the-biggest-marine-turbine-engine-ever> 3. Reflections and Directions: Cross-section of maritime history rests off Bullhead Point By: Jon Gast A lot has been made over the last few months about the drop in lake levels to historic lows. The impact is significant for commercial and recreational interests, except for those whose job it is to make sure the boats float. One opportunity that these conditions present is possibly the most concentrated remains of shipwrecks in the area. While water levels remain significant enough to cover nearly all of our wrecks, that is not the case at Bullhead Point in Sturgeon Bay… <http://www.doorcountyadvocate.com/article/20130123/ADV05/301230107/Reflections-Directions-Cross-section-maritime-history-rests-off-Bullhead-Point> 4. Mast Stepping: A Mariner’s Tradition By: Jason Kelly When a mast is about to be stepped – the process of raising a boat’s mast and setting it into a notch or step in the keel – all those on board the ship have the opportunity to contribute good luck coins or other memorabilia to be placed under it. The mast also may be stepped after a significant overhaul period when modifications have had to be made to the mast. This maritime tradition is said to have its origins in the ancient Roman custom of placing coins in the mouths of men killed in battle… <http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2013/01/25/mast-stepping-a-mariners-tradition/> 5. The Gunnery Revolution, Senior Officers, and the Dreaded Staff By: LCDR Benjamin “BJ” Armstrong In June and July of last year USNI published my series of posts on William Sims and the Gunnery Revolution. The discussion of innovation inside military has continued at a slow boil. I was recently invited to Tampa to speak at the U.S. Special Operations Command Innovation Conference. It was a great conference and the speakers included a number of luminaries from the innovation and technology sectors of the business world, including Tom Kelley of IDEO and Michael Jones of Google. The auditorium was filled will staff officers, DoD and contract civilians, and the front table was crowded… <http://blog.usni.org/2013/01/30/> 6. Talking Littoral Combat Ships With the Under By: Robert 'O Work –“Bob” (Posted by: Galrahn) The following contribution is by Robert 'O Work, Undersecretary of the Navy. He has requested I post this response to my LCS blog post from last night. The response was directed at me, and he originally was going to publish these remarks in the comment thread of the other post, but my sense from Bob's request is that he is looking to talk LCS with everyone - not just me, so have fun but be respectful in the comments. Galrahn: thanks for your candid assessment. As someone who has … <http://www.informationdissemination.net/2013/01/talking-littoral-combat-ships-with-under.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InformationDissemination+(Information+Dissemination)> 7. Living History By: Joseph Mazzara When I was a teenager, I lived in State College, Pennsylvania. Also living in State College at that time, and living there still today, is an older gentlemen by the name of Gerald Russell. Colonel Gerald Russell, USMC (ret), youngest battalion commander during the Battle of Iwo Jima, to be exact. He is a living legend, a treasure trove of experience and historical knowledge. Colonel Russell, however, is not the focus of this essay. The focus is any and every living former Marine Corps battalion commander, particularly those who have commanded a battalion in Iraq or Afghanistan… <http://mcgazette.blogspot.de/2013/01/500-words-or-less-living-history.html> 8. Green Navy: U.S. To Cut Up $277 Million Minesweeper Rather Than Further Damage Reef By: Jonathan Turley While we often criticize our government on this blog, it is important to remember that there remains great differences between this government and those around the world in areas like the environment. In an extraordinary decision, the United States Navy has decided to disassemble the $277 million USS Guardian, an important minesweeper, rather than further damage a coral reef by pulling it off the reef. This follows an equally impressive approach to drilling in the Antarctic by U.S. explorers. USS Guardian (MCM-5) is a U.S. Navy Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship commissioned on December 16, 1989… <http://jonathanturley.org/2013/01/31/green-navy-u-s-to-cut-up-277-million-minesweeper-rather-<than-further-damage-reef/> 9. U.S. submarine visits PH By: ABS-CBNnews.com USS Cheyenne attack submarine is towed to the dock at the Subic Bay Freeport in Zambales on Friday. The nuclear-powered sub will be in the country for several days to replenish supplies as well as offer its crew an opportunity for rest and recreation. <http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/image/images/02/01/13/us-submarine-visits-ph> 10. Top 5 Naval Battles of the Asia-Pacific By: James R. Holmes Ranking apples against oranges is always a slippery process. How does one maritime battle rise above others in importance? One benchmark is whether an encounter saw one fleet crush another. We could put Lord Nelson’s face on such a list. The Battle of Trafalgar (1805) delivered astounding tactical results. Yet the Napoleonic Wars raged on for another decade after Trafalgar... <http://thediplomat.com/the-naval-diplomat/2013/01/31/top-5-naval-battles-of-the-asia-pacific/> 11. 1st Marine Division rededicates colors By: Erika I. Ritchie ...The ceremony honors sacrifices made by Marines and sailors. Veterans and association groups from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom participated. The ceremony ensures that traditions of the division and the experiences in the Marine Corps live on.The division, a combat-ready force of more than 25,000 Marines and sailors, was activated aboard the battleship Texas on Feb. 1, 1941. It is the oldest, largest and most-decorated division in the United States Marine Corps, with nine Presidential Unit Citations... <http://www.ocregister.com/news/marine-414205-division-ceremony.html> 12. Littoral Combat Ships- How not to buy ships By: xbradtc Lots of LCS news going around the last couple days. First, Undersecretary of the Navy Bob Work released a summary of the development of the program in a Naval War College report: (Ed. Note: Report Linked) And I think he’s right. Go read his whole post, and the comments, especially the one comment about the perils of thinking outside the box. A fundamental conceptual flaw in the modern construct of “transformation” is its emptiness. Any idiot can “think out of the box,” as many idiots tend to be serial practitioners. But, to achieve useful out-of-box thoughts, one has to thoroughly understand ones “box” in the first place. Historically transformation thinkers, like Mahon, were professionals who had deeply studied, practiced... <http://xbradtc.com/2013/01/30/littoral-combat-ships-how-not-to-buy-ships/> 13. Stormy Waters? The Maritime Border Disputes between Bolivia, Chile and Peru By: Pablo Andres Rivero ...In the meantime, Peru continues to argue that the maritime border has not yet been defined by any agreement, with documents signed in the 1950s only relating to access to fishing grounds. Lima also claims that maritime limits should run diagonally south-west from the land border. Meanwhile, Chile argues that the maritime limits were agreed upon after the signing of treaties in 1952 and 1954. These infer that the maritime border should run parallel to the Equator line, an arrangement that Santiago claims Peru has respected for the past 60 years... <http://isnblog.ethz.ch/conflict/stormy-waters-the-maritime-border-disputes-between-bolivia-chile-and-peru> 14. National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce adds new piece of history By: Eric Hasert The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum & Memorial in Fort Pierce, the birthplace of the Navy frogman, has added another piece of history to their expanding museum. A Mark V Special Operations Craft, an 82-foot and 52-plus ton boat used as a medium range insertion and extraction platform for special operations forces is now parked behind the building waiting... <http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2013/feb/01/national-navy-udt-seal-museum-in-fort-pierce-new/> 15. A Conversation with Author George Daughan By: Harry Gratwick I met George Daughan when we sat next to each other at the Books in Boothbay Book Fair last summer. I had read his latest book 1812: The Navy’s War, and was interested to hear how he developed his particular approach to history as well as to learn about his career as a teacher and historian. What follows is the transcript of a conversation we had several weeks later. HG: What is your background? Did you study maritime history in graduate-school?... <http://www.workingwaterfront.com/articles/A-Conversation-with-Author--George-Daughan/15192/> 16. Re-examining the Gulf of Guinea: Fewer Attacks, Better Pirates By: James M. Bridger Along with the release of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB)’s 2012 piracy report come the onslaught of analysts seeking to explain why the crime is decreasing in certain theaters, why it is expanding in others, and where it will spread to next. The top story is that global pirate attacks have hit a five year low, explained by a sharp decline in the activities of Somalia’s notorious marauders. When this trend is reported it is almost always followed by the caveat that a “new” piracy epicenter has “emerged” in Nigeria and that the criminal enterprise is now increasing and expanding across the Gulf... <http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/Re-examining-the-Gulf-of-Guinea-Fewer-Attacks-Better-Pirates/> 17. Maritime Museum to add masts to Wyoming installation By: The Coastal Journal Maine Maritime Museum has announced that six 120-foot tall “masts” representing the masts of the schooner Wyoming, the largest wooden sailing ship ever built in the United States, will be erected this spring, joining bow and stern structures currently in place on the Museum campus. “This is an exciting moment for the Museum, for the residents of Maine and for anyone interested in maritime history,” said Amy Lent, the Museum’s executive director. “This is a transformative event for the Museum and for tourism in Maine’s midcoast. How fitting that it came together during the Museum’s 50th anniversary year.” A special dedication ceremony will be held Saturday, June 1… <http://www.coastaljournal.com/website/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3965:maritime-muse> 18. An Everyday Heroism? Turkish Sailors Take A 80 Miles Boat Ride In The Middle Of The Indian Ocean By: Cem Devrim Yaylal? Today, the Turkish General Staff website run a thank you note (an e-mail actually) from a recovering Turkish merchant sailor who got very ill when his ship was in Gulf of Aden 15 days ago. According to the e-mail, the sailor, electrician officer on board of M/V Tuna 7(in the actual e-mail the name of the ship is not mentioned but the maritime portal denizhaber.com confirmed the ship) got sick at very late night on 13th January 2013. The ship was in a convoy protected by the Chinese Navy. The Chinese warship offered help over the radio but this was not enough… <http://turkishnavy.net/2013/01/29/an-everyday-heroism-turkish-sailors-take-a-80-miles-boat-ride-in-the-middle-of-the-indian-ocean/> 19. Guardian – not too soon to be thinking of the aftermath By: M. Ittleschmerz What’s happening on Tubbatha Reef is covered in detail by Galrahn at Information Dissemination. The facts will, likely, come out in the ensuing investigation. On the off chance that pundits and investigators alike are unfamiliar with the Navy’s history with groundings or ship losses, here are a few things to consider… <http://blog.usni.org/2013/01/29/guardian-not-too-soon-to-be-thinking-of-the-aftermath> 20. Couldn’t Get to 2013 USNI West Conference? Watch it now By: Eagle1 Unable to attend the 2013 USNI West Conference and Exposition in San Diego last week? Well, you might have missed some really good information – except that you can still view some of the key presentations and panels by watching them on USNI’s YouTube page and get a summary of each day’s summary here. <http://blog.usni.org/2013/02/02/couldnt-get-to-2013-usni-west-conference-watch-it-now> 21. Navy Pilots Swap Afghan Desert For Norway Snow By: admin-Royal Navy Taking part in arctic and mountain training, aircrew and support personnel from 845 Naval Air Squadron are on exercise in Norway for the next few months. With CHF’s enduring commitment to operations in Afghanistan, the practice of landing their Sea King helicopters in the snow is similar to the desert where they have to touch down in dust and sand. Based at Royal Norwegian Air Force Base Bardufoss the aim is to teach the Sea King crews – known as Junglies following their operations in the jungles of Borneo… <http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/News-and-Events/Latest-News/2013/January/31/130131-Navy-Pilots-Swap-Afghan-Desert-For-Norway-Snow> 22. German Navy Assumes Command over Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 By: Navaltoday.com On January 24 Commodore Ben Bekkering handed over command of Standing NATO Maritime Group One to Commodore George von Maltzan of the German Navy. Bekkering and his international staff had command of the fleet for one year. The solemn handover ceremony took place in Den Helder, the Netherlands. Standing NATO Maritime Group One, a multinational fleet, is the component of NATO’s maritime rapid response force. Bekkering and his staff, mainly comprised of Dutch military… <http://navaltoday.com/2013/01/30/german-navy-assumes-command-over-standing-nato-maritime-group-1/> 23. Navy cuts up $277M minesweeper By Adam Kredo A United States minesweeper ship that crashed into a coral reef due to inaccurate Navy maps will have to be cut into small pieces and removed in order to prevent harming the ocean's ecosystem, according to the Navy and other reports. <http://freebeacon.com/swept-away/> 24. Coral Reef Will Serve as Industrial 'Operating Table' for US Naval Ship By: Beth (Photograph: U.S. Navy courtesy of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command) After running aground of the Tubbataha Reef off the Phillipines on January 17 and destroying more than 1,000 squre meters of the UNESCO World... <https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/01/30-1> ======================= Blogs & Forums to Watch ======================= (Suggestions for Blogs and Forums that would be of interest to Naval/Maritime historians are always welcome: firstname.lastname@example.org) 1. Jürgen´s Homepage (German & English) “U-Boot-Museen in Deutschland” <http://www.juergenthuro.de> 2. H.M.S. Hood Association <http://www.hmshood.com/> 3. Navy News: Reporting from the Fleet (Royal Navy) <https://navynews.co.uk/> 4. World Navies Today “All the World's Navies” <http://www.hazegray.org/worldnav/> 5. MilitaryHistoryOnline.com "On A March Through The Past" <http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/> 6. Navy Reads "In Support of the Navy Professional Reading Program and related books." <http://navyreads.blogspot.com/> 7. World Maritime News <http://worldmaritimenews.com/> 8. War of 1812 By: Naval History & Heritage Command (An extremely user-friendly resource site on the war, with a plethora of scholarly articles.) <http://www.history.navy.mil/commemorations/1812/1812-index.htm> 9. The Blog of 1812 A running documentary of the War of 1812 <http://www.blogof1812.com/> 10. USNAVYSEALS.COM <http://blog.usnavyseals.com/> 11. The DIPLOMAT: Read the Diplomat, Know the Asia-Pacific Everything old is new again. As in past ages, rising and established powers are gazing seaward–and thinking about how to use sea power to advance their power and purposes. Professor Jim Holmes sizes up the prospects for competition and cooperation in maritime Asia–looking back across history to catch sight of the future. <http://thediplomat.com/the-naval-diplomat/> ====== BOOKS ====== -------------------------- Recently Published -------------------------- 1. Crossley, Jim. MONITORS OF THE ROYAL NAVY: How the Fleet Brought the Big Guns to Bear. Pen and Sword, 2013. Monitor warships mounted the biggest guns ever deployed by the Royal Navy, and played an undeniably important part in Allied efforts during World War One and Two. They were built as cheap "disposable" ships made out of redundant bits and pieces which the Admiralty happened to have available which could bring heavy artillery to bear on enemy coasts with pin point accuracy and on at least one occasion a force of only three monitors had a profound effect on the strategic situation in WW I. Being classed as disposable they were often exposed to risks far more recklessly than more expensive battle ships or heavy cruisers. So impressive was their performance in WW I that two were retained… 2. Dean, Peter. Australia 1942: In the Shadow of War. Cambridge University Press, 2013. In 1942, the shadow of war reached Australia's shores. This compelling volume explores how the nation confronted some of its greatest challenges in this pivotal year - political and economic reform, the role of the Air Force and the Navy, the bombing of Darwin and the battles of Kokoda and Milne Bay… 3. Kennedy, Paul. Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned The Tide in the Second World War. Random House, 2013. In January 1943, FDR and Churchill convened in Casablanca and established the Allied objectives for the war: to defeat the Nazi blitzkrieg; to control the Atlantic sea lanes and the air over western and central Europe; to take the fight to the European mainland; and to end Japan’s imperialism. Astonishingly, a little over a year later, these ambitious goals had nearly all been accomplished. With riveting, tactical detail, Engineers of Victory reveals how. Kennedy recounts the inside stories of the invention of the cavity magnetron, a miniature radar “as small as a soup plate,” and the Hedgehog, a multi-headed grenade launcher that allowed the Allies to overcome the threat to their convoys crossing the Atlantic; the critical decision by engineers to install a super-charged Rolls-Royce engine… 4. Wukovits, John. For Crew and Country: The Inspirational True Story of Bravery and Sacrifice Aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts. St. Martin's Press, 2013. On October 25, 1944, the Samuel B. Roberts, along with the other twelve vessels comprising its unit, stood between Japan's largest battleship force ever sent to sea and MacArthur’s transports inside Leyte Gulf. Faced with the surprise appearance of more than twenty Japanese battleships, cruisers, and destroyers, including the Yamato, at 70,000 tons the most potent battlewagon in the world, the 1,200-ton Samuel B. Roberts turned immediately into action with six other ships. Captain Copeland -------------------- PDFS/E-Books -------------------- 1. Marolda, Edward J. Ready Seapower: A History of the U.S. Seventh Fleet. ISBN 978-0-945274-67-4, paperback, 211 p., ill., $37. GPO Stock No. 008-046-00278-9. (2012). Order from the Government Printing Office bookstore. Available in PDF (8.5MB). (the “PDF” is a link for download) This historical study covers the service in the Asia-Pacific region of the U.S. Seventh Fleet during the 20th and 21st centuries. The Fleet saw combat in nearly every major battle of World War II in the Pacific and was in the forefront of U.S. forces involved in Korea, Vietnam, and the Arabian Gulf. Today the Fleet acts as a deterrent to aggressor nations, participates in joint and combined exercises, conducts counterterrorism… <http://www.history.navy.mil/nhc6.htm#anchor48052> 2. Schneller, Robert J. Anchor of Resolve: A History of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Fifth Fleet. ISBN 978-0-945274-55-1, paperback, 140 p., ill., $21.- GPO Stock No. 008-046-00241-0. (2007). Order from the Government Printing Office bookstore. Available in PDF (6MB) (the “PDF” is a link for download) This illustrated history explains why the Navy is present in the Middle East, how long it's been in the region, and what it's been doing there. America's interests in the Middle East, southwest Asia, and eastern Africa date almost to the founding of the nation. Since World War II, the Navy has been the first line of defense for these interests. From the establishment of the Middle East Force (MEF) in 1949 through the beginning of the 21st century, the U.S. Navy served as a force for stability and peace in the region. The Navy's presence… <http://www.history.navy.mil/nhc6.htm#anchor48052> 3. Cropsey, Seth. Defeat at Sea: The U.S. Naval Implosion of 2050. Hudson Institute: Security & Foreign Affairs/Briefing Paper (2012) In the popular imagination a naval fleet is diminished by the loss of its ships in combat. Over the past quarter century valiant efforts of the crews of three U.S. Navy ships that suffered grievous damage in the Persian Gulf as a result, respectively, of a missile attack, a mine, and a suicide bomber prevented the loss of a U.S. naval combatant at the hands of an enemy—an event that has not occurred since World War II. However, there are two other more silent and insidious ways to shrink a navy: decommissioning ships, and failing to build them. The U.S. is… <http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CEEQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hudson.org%2Ffiles%2Fpublications%2FSethCropsey--DefeatAtSea040312.pdf&ei=kiUOUb-ABceVswbumYCIBQ&usg=AFQjCNEVjv6C6MNVvgpTE2juN-OYpVfJug&bvm=bv.41867550,d.Yms> 4. Mahan, Alfred Thayer. The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783. The Project Gutenberg eBook. Release Date: September 26, 2004 [eBook #13529] Most recently updated: November 19, 2007. <http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13529/13529-h/13529-h.htm> 5. _____. THE INFLUENCE OF SEA POWER UPON HISTORY, 1660-1783 (1889) <www.gutenberg.org/files/13529/13529.txt> ---------------------------- Recent Dissertations ---------------------------- 1. Kloster, D. K. By land, not by sea: Exploring the crusader states' naval deficiencies, 1099-1291. California State University, Fullerton, 2012. . ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, , 135. The Franks in the Levant during the era of the Crusades brought with them a culture built around the owning of land and terra firma military exploits. Naval power was not something they fully understood, or even recognized as a need. To them, ships were tools for assisting with their campaigns on land through the transportation of soldiers and supplies. Scholarship shows that the nobles and even knights in the Latin East owned and operated seafaring craft, as did the military orders of the Knights Templar and Knights Hospitaller. However, their ships were used for commercial and logistical purposes. When there was a need for naval power, they simply armed… 2. Rentfrow, J. C. "The squadron under your command": Change and the construction of identity in the U.S. Navy's North Atlantic squadron, 1874-1897. University of Maryland, College Park, 2012. This dissertation examines the transformation of the United States Navy as a fighting organization that took place on the North Atlantic Station between 1874 and 1897. At the beginning of this period, the warships assigned to this station were collectively administered by a rear-admiral, but were operationally deployed as individual units, each of whose actions were directed by their captains. By 1897 the North Atlantic, or "Home" Squadron as it was known, was a group of warships constituting a protean battle fleet - that is, an organized body moving and fighting in close… 3. Rioux, P. C. G. N. Shifting alliances and fair-weather friends: Luso-American relations, 1941--1951. University of New Hampshire. 2012. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, , 328. This dissertation analyzes the diplomatic relations between Portugal and the United States from 1941 to 1951, a decade that resulted in a tremendous and permanent shift in Luso-American relations. It examines the wartime and postwar goals of both Portugal and the United States. It reveals how these two nations overcame their differences during the war and worked towards mutually beneficial ends after the war. Moreover this dissertation asserts that Antonio Salazar, Portugal's Prime Minister, permanently altered Portuguese-American relations and managed to supplant the assurances found in the flagging Anglo-Portuguese alliance with a series of American initiatives--the European Recovery Program, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the Mutual Defense Assistance Program… 4. Smith, J. W. Controlling the great common: Hydrography, the marine environment, and the culture of nautical charts in the United States Navy, 1838-1903. Temple University, 2012. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. 308. This dissertation uses hydrography as a lens to examine the way the United States Navy has understood, used, and defined the sea during the nineteenth century. It argues, broadly, that naval officers and the charts and texts they produced framed the sea as a commercial space for much of the nineteenth century, proceeding from a scientific ethos that held that the sea could be known, ordered, represented, and that it obeyed certain natural laws and rules. This was a powerful alternative to existing maritime understandings, in which mariners combined navigational science with folkloric ideas about how the sea worked. Hydrography proved an important aspect of the American maritime commercial predominance in the decades before the Civil War… ============= BOOK REVIEWS ============= ------------- Civil War ------------- 1. Symonds, Craig L.The Civil War at Sea. Oxford University Press, New York, NY. (2012) By William Whyte Renowned historian Craig Symonds, Professor of History Emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy, has penned a compact, topical overview of the naval effects on the U.S. Civil War. He employs a nice balance of primary and secondary sources, and while there are no groundbreaking arguments presented, his insight enhances and synthesizes the naval efforts on both sides… <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0018Rbf5zHKIwVMQXTrL0aYHHHXt20vT3msENhZGwdeSXXXpIBIHkPmzhWmU1WHerQp9rialiv_DFYcEfphzKQ24mfvQgjRYYpe37zXJtTxiJnnnPcI78II9SIXFJxIbn5dqn0Th3arQcNRXb6kB-0qSHi7_xfOeDKPOn-DScplES3nnzWvT0UR9w> --------------- 20th Century --------------- 1. Shenk, Robert. America's Black Sea Fleet: The U.S. Navy Amidst War and Revolution, 1919-1923. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. (2012). By David F. Winkler, Ph.D. This book provides a historical account of the post-World War I history where revolutionary and nationalistic forces are rising to fill the voids left by the toppled Russian Monarchy and collapsed Ottoman Empire. Read the full review <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0018Rbf5zHKIwWAUVYiLJqccWRfR9-GRztQGk066EjFML8rIgV-MiHaILAu1fGKxPAfwjZnDSc1ukbnApfD3MYPitm3qvl02HOHCssshuZXoZLDaIFKXYqKHHrAGYxF4fFLeF_fPsebFMjp81EuHtQRvlQI2zSfBkRCJWt1aMuD0_IIZDEWAWAztIYV-5PMiGLEs_ff5h7Dcl0ccjGZbIx-Ctn3GToUGXD8KOXYq16054i3l1viiShVSeyUNBLBcJkx> 2. Jordan, John. Warships After Washington: The Development of the Five Major Fleets 1922-1930. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2011). By: Larry A. Grant Warships After Washington: The Development of the Five Major Fleets 1922-1930 tells the story of the impact of the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 on warship construction as the victorious nations tried to modernize their navies while facing financial strain, national exhaustion, strategic necessity and strategic ambition. Jordan is a teacher of European languages who began writing in the 1970s about the Soviet navy. He is the author and co-author of many works on naval warfare including French Cruisers, 1922-1956 (2013) and French Battleships, 1922-1956 (2009), among others. Presently, he edits the annual publication, Warship... <http://www.navyhistory.org/2013/01/book-review-warships-after-washington-development-five-major-fleets-1922-1930/> ----------------- World War II ----------------- 1. Kennedy, Paul. The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide in the Second World War. New York: Random House 2013. "Bright sparks; How the might of America and Britain's finest civilian brains changed the course of the Second World War." Sunday Times [London, England] 20 Jan. 2013: 36. Academic OneFile. By: Max Hastings It is almost a paradox that the western allies in the Second World War fought many of their battles poorly, but made strategy and organized their nations incomparably better than did the Axis. The British and Americans mobilized their finest civilian brains to remarkable effect as code-breakers, planners and creators of extraordinary new weapons and technology. The Admiralty's department of miscellaneous weapons development produced all manner of devices to advance the war at sea, prominent among them the Hedgehog anti-submarine projector… 2. Bell, Christopher M. Churchill and Sea Power. Oxford University Press, 2012. By: HENRY ROPER Ultimately right, but sometimes tragically wrong. Winston S. Churchill became prime minister on May 10, 1940, a moment when the British people confronted the greatest crisis in their history. He was not a popular choice among the governing elite. King George VI turned to him because the outgoing Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s heir apparent, the cautious, deeply religious Lord Halifax, had no stomach to be a war leader, unlike Churchill, who saw the role as the fulfilment of his destiny. Churchill when summoned by the King was 65, the hard-living, hard-drinking survivor of a remarkable 40-year political career. He had changed parties twice, been widely held responsible for the Dardanelles fiasco (Gallipoli) in 1915... <http://thechronicleherald.ca/books/621052-ultimately-right-but-sometimes-tragically-wrong> ---------- Modern ---------- 1. McKnight, Terry. Rear Adm. USN (Ret). And Michael Hirsh.Pirate Alley: Commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. (2012) By Nathan Albright Retired Rear Admiral Terry McKnight and Michael Hirsh have written a book about Somali piracy that is both of topical interest and designed to provide a lasting influence on future policy for the United States, that is both intensely personal as well as wide-ranging in its examination. Read the full review <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0018Rbf5zHKIwWxcLAC17pqgSSY9B7htF1_pkWUjPetnGnBu-H60ru_swG2E4PM-sXzbdTRRfwT7nWLs9yLtqDkOcnoG3TKStkzZHNf6vcT6Yi8viEM_eiQABlGww0y299e82OW4bIyJb-R7GhwULnsomeF_hyK2wPVJy6ZQsAk5AM0gnH6zg_uciUTR7QjoyHIa2zAhvZakEWoMOB0eTHDGQ> -------------------- Misc/Thematic ------------------- 1. Swanson, Bruce and Vance H. Morrison, Don H. McDowell, and Nancy N. Tomasko. A Plain Sailorman in China: The Life and Times of Cdr. I. V. Gillis, USN, 1875-1948. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. (2012) By: Diana L. Ahmad, Ph.D A Plain Sailorman in China by Bruce Swanson discussed the life of I. V. Gillis, part of a multigenerational Navy family, who became the first United States naval attaché to China. Due to the death of Swanson, Vance Morrison, Don McDowell, and Nancy Tomasko completed the biography recreating the author’s footnotes. Morrison and McDowell polished the chapters Swanson left behind, as well as, with the assistance of Tomasko, wrote... <http://www.navyhistory.org/2013/01/book-review-plain-sailorman-china-life-and-times-cdr-gillis/> ======================= REVIEW ANNOUNCEMENTS ======================= 1. Books Available for Review *MiWSR* subscribers -- Please note the February update of our list of books available for review can be found at <http://www.miwsr.com/submissions.aspx> (starred items newly added). See also our Book Review Guidelines <http://www.michiganwarstudiesreview.com/rev-instr.pdf>. Qualified volunteers are invited to request books to review. Please also bring the list to the attention of colleagues who may be interested in writing for the *MiWSR*. 2. Please consider reviewing a naval warfare book for H-WAR. If you have the time and interest please contact H-War Book Review Editor Margaret Sankey, Professor, Political Science and Strategic Studies with Minnesota State University Moorhead at <email@example.com>. ============= CONFERENCES ============= ---------------------------- CALL FOR PAPERS ---------------------------- 1. The Midwest Conference on British Studies, 60th Annual Meeting DePaul University, Chicago, 11-13 October 2013 Deadline: 1 April 2013 The MWCBS seeks papers from scholars in all fields of British Studies, broadly defined to include those who study England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Britain’s Empire and the Commonwealth. We welcome scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including but not limited to history, literature, political science, gender studies and art history. Proposals for complete sessions are preferred, although proposals for individual papers will be considered. We welcome roundtables (of four participants plus chair) and panels (of three participants plus chair/commentator) that: • offer cross-disciplinary perspectives on topics in British Studies • situate the arts, letters, and sciences in a British cultural context • examine representations of British and imperial/Commonwealth national identities • consider Anglo-American relations, past and present • examine new trends in British Studies • assess a major work or body of work by a scholar • explore new developments in digital humanities and/or research methodologies Please place the panel proposal, the accompanying paper proposals and vitas in one file and send it as a single attachment. Also identify within the email the contact person for the panel. All proposals should be submitted electronically by April 1, 2013, to the Program Committee Chair, Jennifer McNabb at JL-Mcnabb@wiu.edu. <http://enfilade18thc.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/call-for-papers-midwest-conference-on-british-studies-4/> 2. 2013 McMullen Naval History Symposium-19-20 September 2013 Deadline: 4 February 2013 I wanted to remind everyone that February 4th is the deadline for paper proposals for the 2013 McMullen Naval History Symposium. Any topic related to Naval and Maritime History will be considered. Please note that we have expanded our travel stipends beyond graduate students to also include recent Ph.D.'s without permament postions. The full conference announcement can be viewed at <http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=vx&list=H-Diplo&month=1208&week=b&msg=UaXVxcZwdW1rK25KY93RrA> Specific inquiries should be directed to Dr. Lori Bogle and CDR Chris Rentfrow at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> The History Department of the United States Naval Academy invites proposals for papers to be presented at its 2013 McMullen Naval History Symposium in Annapolis, Maryland, on 19-20 September 2013.Proposals dealing with any aspect of naval and maritime history are welcome and should include an abstract not exceeding 250 words and a one-page vita. Panel proposals are strongly encouraged and should contain an abstract and brief vita for each panelist. The program committee expects to finalize the program by 25 February 2013; final versions of accepted papers are due to the symposium committee and panel chairs by 1 August 2013. The program committee will select the best papers presented at the symposium to be published at a later date. A limited number of travel stipends are available to graduate students. Please indicate your desire to apply for a travel stipend in the email that contains your proposal. Email proposals to Dr. Lori Bogle and CDR Chris Rentfrow at firstname.lastname@example.org by 4 February 2013. 3. "Islands of Contention: History, Culture and Power". 10th Annual East Asia Security Symposium & Conference, Beijing, China Foreign Affairs University, June 24-29, 2013 Theme: Islands of Contention: History, Culture and Power The deadline for application to the symposium is March 29th. The deadline for submitting a conference paper proposal is April 29th. <http://epublications.bond.edu.au/eass_conference/conference_info.html> For more information < http://epublications.bond.edu.au/eass_conference/> or contact: Dr Brett McCormick - Director of Global Studies, University of New Haven (USA) 203-479-4988 email@example.com 4. 5th INTERNATIONAL MARITIME CONFERENCE 2013 National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR), Pakistan is proud to announce the 5TH International Maritime Conference (IMC 2013) to be held at NCMPR Bahria University, Karachi from 5 to 7 March 2013. The conference is being organized in tandem with the prestigious 4th Biennial International Maritime Exercise “AMAN 2013”. The highlight of the event will be representation of over a dozen navies and the presence of eminent speakers and delegates from across the globe. Regional Maritime Security Dynamics, Imperatives and Inter-Dependencies The security paradigm at global level is in transition as the geopolitical and trans- economic trends interact in a globalized world. The phenomenon of interdependence has emerged as foundation of new developments in global politics. It is increasingly apparent that no single state, large or small can ensure its own security from external threats in isolation. This is the compelling reason for regional strategic cooperation / mechanism. Landscape of regional maritime security in the North Indian Ocean region area is mired in traditional and nontraditional threats which are transitional in scope. The involvement of non-state actors and a combative political and social environment in the region act as primary impediments in devising modest regional or cross national security coordination / collaboration / cooperation. Against this prevalent security environment, it is imperative to examine how littoral states in the North Indian Ocean and adjacent area shaping the contours of regional security architectures. What steps can be taken to secure the regional peace on long term basis and develop long lasting trust and inter-dependencies? The aim of the conference will be to examine geopolitical and socio-economic factors contributing to the maritime security management in the Indian Ocean. This will lead to identifying the essential elements to achieve, enhance and coordinate maritime security through regional cooperation on long term basis. Critical analysis of the security dynamics of the region will provide an understanding to maritime think tanks, governments, public and private stakeholders to determine the desired level of coordination and interdependence in tandem with international conventions. <http://ncmpr.bimcs.edu.pk/index.php/introduction> 5. 1944: Seventy Years On--14-17 April, 2014, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Global War Studies and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst are pleased to announce an international conference on the Second World War with 1944 as the core theme. Deadline: 15 March, 2013 along with an abstract and curriculum vitae. The conference seeks to promote an interdisciplinary and international study of the period 1919-1945 by means of drawing upon the latest scholarship from a variety of disciplines. Papers dealing with one or more of the following topics are welcome and while 1944 is the focus, papers covering other periods or taking thematic approaches are also encourage. (Ed. Note: Naval Warfare is tagged) Panel proposals are welcome and should include a brief description of the panel’s theme. Submissions and queries should be addressed to: Robert von Maier (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Marcus Faulkner (email@example.com) respectively. <http://warstudies.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/call-for-papers-1944-seventy-years-on/> 6. The Historic Naval Ships Association 2013 Annual Conference, co-hosted by The Battleship New Jersey and Independence Seaport Museum, will be held in Camden, NJ/Philadelphia 18-21 September, 2013. Deadline: 1 May, 2013 Those with good ideas for topics or those would like to present a paper, please contact Toby Oothoudt at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at (419) 471-9503 or on his cell at (419) 340-2721. An abstract not exceeding 250 words and a brief vita are due May 1, 2013. Panel proposals are also encouraged and should contain an abstract and vita for each panelist. Completed papers and presentation materials are due August 1. 7. 3rd Global Conference: Communication and Conflict, 5-6th September 2013. Oxford, United Kingdom Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 22nd March 2013 Communication affects many aspects of our lives. Difficulties, indeed failures, or breakdowns in communication can play a major role in hostility, conflict and war. This inter-disciplinary conference project seeks to explore these and other topics.<http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=vx&list=PSRT-L&month=1212&week=c&msg=jPOZAvDOwPepE3vzyer0hw> ------------------------ Forthcoming Conferences ------------------------ 1. 2013 Great Lakes Waterways Conference February 12-13 Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade and the Cleveland Public Library Cleveland, OH It Takes Knowledge, Experience and Vision to Shape the Future.... When you register as an Attendee, Exhibitor or Sponsor you will join maritime industry leaders in the Great Lakes at the 2013 Great Lakes Waterways Conference as they come together to address the industry's most pressing challenges while exploring its most exciting future opportunities. The 2013 Great Lakes Waterways Conference is the one maritime industry event that involves all segments of the maritime community in important deliberations and sessions aimed specifically at the Great Lakes region. It will engage leaders from the United States Coast Guard, the Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and other governmental organizations with a stake in the Great Lakes maritime. In addition, the conference will involve a broad swath of key individuals from industry such as ports, shippers, ore carriers, shipyards and ship repair facilities, passenger vessel operators, tug, towboat and barge operators, marine suppliers and others with a stake in promoting and sustaining a healthy and prosperous Great Lakes maritime industry. <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001T_THsah-sY5R-SOLwANq2A5RsNeS6KNjQuOegLt3n3p1XKrjiLJ8l30uQBsk22x99nwtq3fkLCcJKBjsWnq_NFAOodWUxU166QQ40ZOp5WoTSlO2Z-aa-cgHGXQryah9c2jnReqGnYgfNgYWeiVdJ7tj1iqNVc5CxhTTX9B7LOtCR_qRCR6nwKJu1rwEZFKK2IiJdSI7L1YQZs5hUUboBINVSGjF-fgpBHdppm_R0VUOfyQmt_JOhQ==> 2. Anti-Submarine Warfare Conference 19th – 21st March 2013 in London Building on the success of our other maritime and naval events, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) 2013 will bring together the under-water, surface and aerial communities responsible for ASW to explore how cooperation between the three can be developed to create a 21st century ASW Force. Commodore Muhammad Amjad, Commissioning ASW Officer of PNS Hussain and PNS Tariq, Pakistan Navy, will be speaking on: Increasing multi-nation ASW Operations and Integration – Exercise “Mavi Balina 2012.” Highlights of the Conference include: • Creating viable under-water sensor networks, particularly in littoral waters • Developing information and data links between under-water, surface and aerial units • Establishing Command and Control for multi-force ASW • Building interoperable, multi-nation ASW co-operation Beyond these themes, the event will establish the future of ASW and the technical challenges to be overcome in creating a viable ASW fleet Download a copy of the brochure online here <http://s3043.t.en25.com/e/er?s=3043&lid=15174&elq=f519cfa5083b4905b096b9c7b870c5e0>. <http://www.antisubmarinewarfare.com/> 3. Panama Maritime XI Conference & Exhibition On behalf of the Panamanian Maritime Law Association and of the Panama Maritime Chamber, it is a pleasure for me to extend an invitation to you to join the celebration of the eleventh issue of the Panama Maritime World Conference & Exhibition, that will take place at the Megapolis Convention Center in Panama City, from the 27th of February to the 1st of March, 2013 <http://www.panamamaritimeconference.com/en/> 4. 2013 International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War, 25-27 April, 2013, Washington DC The George Washington University Cold War Group (GWCW), The Center for Cold War Studies (CCWS) of the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the LSE IDEAS Cold War Studies Programme of the London School of Economics and Political Science (CWSP) are pleased to announce their 2013 International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War. To be considered, each prospective participant should submit a two page proposal and a brief academic c.v. (in Word or pdf format) to GW’s Institute for European and Eurasian Studies (email@example.com) by 31 January 2013. For further information, contact Gregg Brazinsky at firstname.lastname@example.org. <www.gwu.edu/~ieresgwu/programs/coldwar.cfm> 5. 2nd Global Conference Celebrity 10-12 March 2013 Lisbon, Portugal This call for presentations, papers and performances addresses a serious, interdisciplinary and multicultural analysis of the phenomenon of celebrity. We encourage both an in-depth criticism of the state of contemporary culture as well as a legitimate recognition of celebrities' cultural value... <http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/ethos/celebrity-exploring-critical-issues/call-for-papers/> 6. Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies: Mediterranean Programme, Fourteenth Mediterranean Research Meeting: Mersin (Turkey) 20-23 March 2013. The MRM 2013 consists of 17 workshops in which scholars present their original research papers. Each workshop is run by two workshop directors and includes around 12 participants. Scholars of all nationalities are welcome to apply, and participants from Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries are especially encouraged. <http://www.eui.eu/Documents/RSCAS/Research/Mediterranean/MRM2013/CallforpapersMRM2013-Poster.pdf> 7. Navy League Sea-Air-Space Expo 2013-- 8-10 April, 2013 Sea-Air-Space is now the largest maritime exposition in the U.S. and continues as an invaluable extension of the Navy League’s mission of maritime policy education and sea service support. The Sea-Air-Space Exposition will continue to support the mission of the Navy League and lead the way as “THE” Exposition to attend each year to display the most current information and technology relevant to maritime policy. <http://www.seaairspace.org/> 8. The War of 1812: From Enemies to Allies Conference-- 12-15 June, 2013 To recognize and celebrate two centuries of peace between the U.S., Great Britain and Canada following the War of 1812, the U.S. Naval Academy will be home to an international academic conference including programs for the general public. <http://www.navyhistory.org/event/the-war-of-1812-from-enemies-to-allies-conference/> 9. ICMM Congress, 8 - 14 September 2013 Cascais, Portugal It will be held in Cascais, on the Estoril Coast, some 20 kilometers from Lisbon. The organizers are drawing together several Portuguese maritime museums for involvement in the Congress... <http://www.icmmonline.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=76&Itemid=77> ======================================================== FELLOWSHIPS, FUNDING, RESEARCH, & SEMINAR OPPORTUNITIES ======================================================== 1. NEH Summer Scholar in a four-week Institute: “Empires and Interactions across the Early Modern World, 1400-1800”-- June 3 to June 28, 2013 Deadline: Not Provided We are very pleased to invite you to participate as an NEH Summer Scholar in a four-week Institute on “Empires and Interactions across the Early Modern World, 1400-1800” at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, from June 3 to June 28, 2013. The Institute offers twenty-five NEH Summer Scholars the opportunity to immerse themselves in the extraordinary age of empire building and the interactions these empires fostered around the world. NEH Summer Scholars receive a stipend of $3,300 to help cover travel and living expenses and the cost of housing. The first check in the amount of $1,650 will be disbursed the first week of the Institute and the second check will be disbursed at the conclusion of the Institute. Please note that stipends may have tax consequences. Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Monday, April 3, 2013. You need to let us know where you will be on this date if it is different from the contact information you give on your application. For information on eligibility, instructions for applying to the Institute, and housing accommodations, see the relevant sections of this website. Please send any queries to <email@example.com> Charles Parker firstname.lastname@example.org and Ahmet Karamustafa <email@example.com> <https://sites.google.com/a/slu.edu/empiresandinteractions/> ======== AWARDS ======== 1.Premio Libertador al Pensamiento Crítico Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Cultura, República Bolivariana de Venezuela (Caracas) Edición 2012 (Libros editados durante el primero de enero de 2012 y el 31 de diciembre del año 2012) Deadline: 15 de abril de 2013 El premio: consistirá en una pequeña pieza escultórica representativa, diseñada al efecto, el certificado o diploma correspondiente y la cantidad de ciento cincuenta mil dólares (US$ 150.000,) libres de impuestos. Obra escrita que, de una u otra manera, desde una posición comprometida con la defensa de la humanidad y desde la perspectiva de que la construcción de otro mundo es necesaria, analice críticamente la realidad del mundo contemporáneo, en forma global o sectorial, en cualquiera de los campos de la actividad social. Así, la guerra, la economía, la política, la democracia, la relación con la naturaleza, los derechos humanos, los derechos de los pueblos, la integración de los países, el racismo, el imperialismo, son temas, entre otros, que pueden ser objeto de ese ejercicio de pensamiento crítico. El premio será concedido anualmente al autor del mejor libro editado por primera vez en castellano durante el año referido por la convocatoria. La convocatoria admite libros originalmente escritos o publicados en otros idiomas, siempre y cuando la edición original no anteceda en más de tres años al de su publicación en castellano. Las obras deberán ser enviadas en número de siete (7) ejemplares al Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Cultura de Venezuela, Foro Libertador, edificio Archivo General de la Nación, Planta Baja, final avenida Panteón. Código Postal 1010. Caracas, Venezuela; acompañadas de una comunicación donde se indique claramente el objetivo de participar en el Premio Libertador al Pensamiento Crítico. Incluirán los datos personales del autor o autores: nombre y apellido, dirección completa, teléfonos de contacto, correo electrónico y resumen curricular. Contacto: Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Cultura Dirección General de Relaciones Internacionales Edifico del Archivo General de la Nación Av. Panteón, Foro Libertador 1010 Caracas, Venezuela Tel: +58 (212) 564 53 24, Fax: +58 (212) 564 48 41 http://www.ministeriodelacultura.gob.ve ====================== MISC. PUBLISHING CALLS ====================== 1. International Journal of Naval History The International Journal of Naval History recently put out a call for papers, with a particular interest in naval and maritime scholarship related to World War I. The 100th anniversary of that conflict is approaching, and historians and scholars are asked to submit papers to the IJNH editorial board for consideration... <http://www.ijnhonline.org/> ============== H-NET X-POSTS ============== H-Maritime: The Cambridge Digital Library has just launched some samples of material from the Board of Longitude archive, which is being digitized under a JISC-funded project, 'Navigating Eighteenth Century Science and Technology: the Board of Longitude'. You can view the material at <http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/longitude>. We've put up three volumes from the Board's archive: the first volume of confirmed minutes (1737-1779), which includes a full transcription and covers all the meetings involving John Harrison; William Wales's log from Cook's second voyage; and a group of letters and reports by astronomers and captains about work on late 18th and early 19th century voyages of discovery. For all three, we've also begun to make links with the collections at Greenwich. The rest of the archive (including other material from Cambridge and Greenwich) will go online this summer, but we'd like to get feedback on how it works and things we can do to improve it. There's lots of interesting stuff in the three volumes, so please have a look and email any comments to Huw Jones at Cambridge University Library (firstname.lastname@example.org). Richard Dunn Royal Museums Greenwich ===================== MISC. ANNOUNCEMENTS ===================== 1. Battle of the Atlantic 70th Anniversary (BOA 70) By: admin-Royal Navy In May 2013 the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic (BOA 70) will be commemorated with a series of events in the cities of Liverpool, London, Derry-Londonderry. The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous military campaign in World War II, at its height from mid-1940 through to the end of 1943. The BOA demonstrated the enduring importance of control of the sea to provide a highway for the transport of raw materials, munitions, and men, to maintain the nation’s security and to project power across the globe. The commemorations will be centred on three cities in 2013; London during 8-13 May, Derry-Londonderry between 10-12 May, building up to the main event in Liverpool from 24-27 May. <http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/News-and-Events/Special-Events/Battle-of-the-Atlantic> 2. The Mortara Center and Georgetown University cordially invite you to a Book Lab for Professor Michael J. Green's forthcoming manuscript The Problem of Asia: American Strategy towards the Pacific from the Birth of the Republic to the Rise of China from 9am-5pm on Tuesday, February 12th at the Mortara Center <http://mortara.georgetown.edu> (3600 N Street, NW <http://goo.gl/maps/S9r8g> ). The book traces the history of U.S. strategic thinking towards the Asia-Pacific from the early days of the republic, to America's establishment as a Pacific power through the distinct rises of Japan, the Soviet Union, and China. The chapters presented at the Lab cover the period of 1909-1968. Michael Green <http://explore.georgetown.edu/people/mjg73/> is an associate professor of international relations at Georgetown University. He is also a senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at CSIS. He previously served as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council (NSC), from January 2004 to December 2005, after joining the NSC in April 2001 as director of Asian affairs. The day-long book lab will focus on four draft chapters of Dr. Green's manuscript and include a keynote speech by Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia Kurt Campbell. Each session will be chaired by two panelists who will offer their thoughts and critiques of the chapter and direct a larger discussion with the group. Participants are encouraged to read the draft chapters in advance and actively participate in the sessions, offering feedback and stirring discussions over the themes and arguments that anchor Dr. Green's manuscript. Please see the agenda below. Lunch will provided. RSVP at: http://mikegreen.eventbrite.com/ or via email to email@example.com. AGENDA-highlights *11-12:30 Panel Two: The Interwar Years Based on Chapter Four Speakers: John Kuehn, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Warren Cohen, University of Maryland *1:30-3:00 Panel Three: Grand Strategy and the Pacific War Based on Chapter Five Speakers: Ken Pollack, Georgetown University Henry Hendrix, Director of Naval History, Naval History and Heritage Command 3. The Stonington Historical Society will sponsor “Stonington Goes Global: The Career of Captain Edmund Fanning,” presented by Meredith Mason Brown at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at the La Grua Center, Stonington Borough, 32 Water St., Stonington, CT 06378. Free and open to the public. <http://www.stoningtonhistory.org/calendar.htm> 4. Who: Naval Historian and Naval Warfare expert, Dr. John T. Kuehn Theme: “War on the Atlantic – Not Battle of: Misconceptions and Clarifications.” When: 7 March, 2013--3:00PM Where: University of Kansas- Simon's Media Room at the Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Dr, Lawrence, Kansas 66045 As part of the World War II Lecture Series: Command & General Staff College's Dept of Military History w/ Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Open to the public <http://www.flickr.com/photos/usacgsc/8430970388/in/set-72157632648738415/> 5. "Perils at Sea and Causes of the War of 1912:The Terrible Troubles of Richard Law, with Nancy Steenburg, at the LaGrua Center, Stonington Borough, 32 Water St., Stonington, CT 06378 6pm. Free and open to the public. <http://www.stoningtonhistory.org/calendar.htm> 6. University of Hawai?i at M?noa-Marine Option Program presents 24th annual Maritime Archaeology Symposium- 16-17 February from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Theme: Evolving Landscapes in the Maritime World. Come join discussions on "What do marine protected areas have to do with heritage preservation and cultural identity? What are cultural seascapes? and How can we manage and protect our heritage resources in near shore waters?" The general public, sport and tech divers, diving operators, historians, students, underwater archaeologists, preservationists and the public are encouraged to participate in the 24th annual Maritime Archaeology Symposium on February 16-18, 2013, at the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries located at 6600 Kalaniana'ole Hwy., Suite 302 in Honolulu. <http://www.uhm.hawaii.edu/news/article.php?aId=5495> 7. Volunteers sought for Tall Ships Erie festival By RON LEONARDI, Erie Times-News Flagship Niagara League officials have scheduled an organizational meeting Tuesday for anyone interested in volunteering their services for the Tall Ships Erie festival Sept. 5-8 2013. Tuesday's meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Blasco Library's Hirt Auditorium, 160 E. Front St. Waskiewicz estimates about 500 volunteers will be needed to ensure that the Tall Ships Erie 2013 festival runs smoothly. Anyone interested in volunteering for the Tall Ships Erie festival but can't attend Tuesday's meeting may obtain volunteer application information at firstname.lastname@example.org. <http://www.goerie.com/article/20121112/NEWS02/311129966/Volunteers-sought-for-Tall-Ships-Erie-festival> 8. Muskegon Community College and USS Silversides Submarine Museum team up to present lecture series, history course By: Lisha Arino This semester, Muskegon Community College professors George Maniates and Kurt Troutman have teamed up with the USS Silversides Submarine Museum to present an "experiential learning" course about World War II. They're inviting the public to stop by and check out a lecture or two. The talks at the beginning of each "Introduction to World War II" class are… <http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/muskegon/index.ssf/2013/01/muskegon_community_college_and_1.html> 9. New Ship Model Exhibit Opens at the Museum- January 2 to May 3, 2013 The Naval War College Museum is pleased to announce the opening of Navies in Miniature: Ship Models from the Naval War College Museum Collection, a new exhibit showcasing over one hundred models collected by the museum over the last sixty years. The exhibit includes models previously displayed in permanent exhibitions such as a brass model of HMS Holland…The museum, located on the campus of the Naval War College, Naval Station Newport, is free and open to the public. Call 401-842-2101/4052 to make a reservation. <http://navalwarcollegemuseum.blogspot.de/2013/01/new-ship-model-exhibit-opens-at-museum.html> ================================= Teaching Naval History: Resources ================================= -------- Syllabi -------- 1. Professor C.L. Symonds: HH104: American Naval History (2011) HH 462: Lincoln and Leadership in the Civil War (2011) <http://1957.usnaclasses.com/styled/page26/page26.html> 2. Instructor W.R. Pinch: HIST/ENVS 370: Marine/Maritime World History <https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:9CZxyjoB6EUJ:https://wesfiles.wesleyan.edu/courses/syllabi/1119-wpinch-013258-306.pdf+&hl=en&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESiYD30-DsldAiE1pNYtP7oRTuhgiMqoFsw3KvnbIijqMeVSjpWwirUWwXQX4Y3UqOM6Ycz4Ec3FNylz9NQX6fc4_BFsDux1tZJjzLOY7Cjl8XY3YUPze1GHlWBd9c5tpTKAkz27&sig=AHIEtbQQVeFe0SZGwp2YjKJQ2Y9SSPf7PA> 3. C. Thomas Long History 297 (14): Reading Seminar in Naval History (2008) <http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:PxN-7cRjj84J:departments.columbian.gwu.edu/history/sites/default/files/u9/Long_hist297.doc+&hl=en> 4. Dr. Caddell History 351: American Naval history (2013) <https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:Bf9AIruJXZkJ:history.ncsu.edu/images/uploads/S%25202013%2520Caddell%2520HI%2520351-01.pdf+&hl=en&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESh_w3RRBlBBtIuMwh82ImekMxEJcL9SNK4foBzjFWEEHimVCJa_XtBd5pCD0mnYuthwMwfA6EzfW6avVh85TkzoR_x4fybVxyNJl_0nI-vDrazzw9IFQcUWJ6LOVM1TRfe_s_zS&sig=AHIEtbSSZuIutQauBb3KBG9xxNhMHunnBg> ------ Books ------ 1. Allen, James Garland. Naval history and strategy: a syllabus and guide to reading for Naval History 3. University of Colorado (1944). ------- Papers ------- 1. Pruitt, John CDR USN. The Influence of sea Power in the 21st Century (2000) Maritime forces have historically offered a highly flexible, adaptable and capable military option for national leaders without an unacceptable cultural or political price. Will this hold true in the 21st century? In this paper I will attempt to answer that very question. Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan, twice the President of the Naval war College in the late 19th century and foremost proponent of the influence of sea power, might not recognize the size, scope of responsibility or technology associated with today’s American military machine, but he would appreciate… <https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:pbkuWbF90qsJ:web.mit.edu/ssp/publications/working_papers/wp_00-4.pdf+&hl=en&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEEShPPlaWpuz-UkJEMGI1aLPvUr_P-iU0SJEB1yEO-ATFfGihQaS1mIakD9cXbgU5qJ4AhpGZmjO_yrGXqwz4Dr_0guY79xTfIakwgtJ8PE5RUDfTgM7vPHE6rs0M0qbblHqNPqf6&sig=AHIEtbQ94ybjTJVtEFQUm8F9SCEcmL2_7Q> ================== Spot Light Battle: The Battle of the Nile (also known as the Battle of Aboukir Bay) ================== 1. Napoleon.Org (In French and English) The history website of the Fondation Napoléon <http://www.napoleon.org> 2. La bataille d'Aboukir. Ses implications stratégiques (In French and English) By: Napoleon.Org 1er juillet, l'armada expéditionnaire se présenta, en ordre de bataille, au large d'Alexandrie pour apprendre que la frégate Junon, envoyée en avant-garde, avait failli donner l'avant-veille dans une escadre anglaise forte de 14 vaisseaux. Bonaparte crut à une feinte et s'attendait à son retour imminent ce qui signifierait un désastre pour la flotte française, handicapée par les opérations de débarquement. Son plan qui consistait à attaquer simultanément Alexandrie, Damiette et Rosette, conformément aux mémoires de 1777-1778 de La Laune et du baron de Tott, devenait inexécutable. Il décida de limiter l'attaque à la seule tête de pont d'Alexandrie… <http://www.napoleon.org/fr/salle_lecture/articles/files/batailles_Aboukir_implications_strategiques1.asp> ------ Books ------ 1. Battesti, Michéle. Bataille d'aboukir 1798: nelson contrarie strategie Bonaparte. Paris: Economica (1998). (French) 1er août 1798: dans la baie d'Aboukir (Égypte) l'escadre française du vice-amiral Brueys est surprise au mouillage par l'escadre anglaise de Nelson. À bout portant, la bataille est effroyable. En dépit de l'équilibre des forces (treize vaisseaux contre quatorze) l'engagement tourne au désastre. Seuls deux vaisseaux français parviennent à s'échapper. Privés de flotte, les 30 000 hommes de l'armée d'Orient sont désormais prisonniers d'une Égypte que venait de leur assurer la fulgurante victoire des Pyramides (21 juillet). La stratégie périphérique de Bonaparte avorte en Orient. Maîtresse de la Méditerranée, la Grande-Bretagne prend la tête d'une nouvelle coalition européenne contre la France… 2. Foreman, Laura and Ellen Blue Phillips, Franck Goddio. Napoleon's Lost Fleet: Bonaparte, Nelson, and the Battle of the Nile. Discovery Books, 1999. August 1, 1798: Thirteen French ships sit anchored in Aboukir Bay off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt, in support of Napoleon, now ashore with the bulk of his troops. Nighttime approaches--and so do the British. Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson has for months been hunting Napoleon at sea; now, upon his command, the English fleet opens fire on the surprised and trapped enemy. By battle's end, nearly all of the French ships are sunk or captured, and the 120-gun flagship Orient--the pride of the French navy--has exploded. With 1,700 of his men dead, Bonaparte's ability to dominate the region is crushed. Nelson becomes a hero throughout all of Britain. Discovery Books presents Napoleon's Lost Fleet: Bonaparte, Nelson, and the Battle of the Nile, a spirited chronicle of Lord Nelson's pursuit of Napoleon as the French general set out to capture Egypt… 3. Adkins, Roy and Lesley Adkins. The War for All the Oceans: From Nelson at the Nile to Napoleon at Waterloo. Penguin Books; Reprint edition (2008). Paperback. As France emerged from revolution, a young general named Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt, hoping next to march overland to India. It would not happen. Britain swung her forces into action to battle for control of the world's sea-lanes and thus all international trade. The Battle of the Nile and then at Acre were the first sallies in what would be fifteen years of bitter fighting. It was a war won at sea, and by the time of Waterloo Britain had gained control and possessed the foundations of her vast empire. Brought vividly to life through the words and stories of the ordinary people caught up in the conflict, this is a sweeping history of the years of naval warfare that set the balance of power in Europe for the following century. Taking in gallant duels, bloody battles between huge fleets, amphibious assaults, daring coastal raids, and the subtleties of espionage… ------------- Dissertations ------------- 1. Musteen, Jason R. "Becoming Nelson's Refuge and Wellington's Rock: The Ascendancy of Gibraltar during the Age of Napoleon (1793--1815)." The Florida State University, 2005. United States -- Florida: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Gibraltar has been one of Great Britain's most legendary fortresses since its capture from Spain in 1704 and its strategic position as the gatekeeper of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean gives it a commanding influence over the mouth of the Mediterranean. When war between Britain and France erupted in 1793, Gibraltar had already been established as an impregnable fortress and as a strong source of British pride. During the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1793-1815), it also became a powerful naval station and its soldiers became an offensive force that frequently left the safety of the garrison to attack the enemy in Europe and Africa. That combination of military and naval might transformed Gibraltar into a base capable of meeting the various… 2. Jenks, Timothy David. "'Naval Engagements': Patriotism, Cultural Politics, and the Royal Navy, 1793--1815." University of Toronto (Canada), 2001. Canada: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses This thesis examines the place occupied by the royal navy in British culture during the wars of 1793-1815 with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France It explores the manner in which images of the navy operated in domestic British culture, and relates their significance to larger dynamics within late eighteenth and early nineteenth century society and political culture. Chapter one is an introduction, which justifies the topic in light of recent writing on British national identity in the period, outlines the sources employed, and introduces necessary terms and concepts. Chapter two investigates the cultural politics of the first major naval engagement of the war, Lord Howe's victory… ------------------------ Research Grants/Funding ------------------------ 1. Who: Fondation Napoléon Deadline: 30 September (Annual) Amount: $7,500. Euro Every year the Fondation Napoléon encourages the study of the First and Second Empires by awarding six research grants to six French or non-French students in the first year of their PhD (or MPhil intending to go on to PhD) on a First or Second Empire subject… <http://www.napoleon.org/en/fondation/research_grants/index.asp> 2. The Society for French Historical Studies and the Western Society for French History Deadline: 31 January (Annual) Amount: $2,000. USD RESEARCH TRAVEL AWARD The Society for French Historical Studies and the Western Society for French History offer an annual award of $2,000 for research conducted outside North America on any aspect of the history of France. This award is granted to an outstanding American or Canadian scholar who has received the doctorate in history in the five-year period prior to the award (since January 2008 for the 2013 award.) … <http://www.societyforfrenchhistoricalstudies.net/prizes.html#farrar> ------- Awards ------- 1. Who: The Fondation Napoléon History Prizes and Grand Prix Deadline: must have been published or performed for the first time between the 1st October in year 'n minus one' and 30th September in year 'n' (Annual) Amount: $ 5,000. Euro …the Fondation Napoléon three history prizes. These prizes, each of 5,000 Euros, are awarded respectively to: a work in French on the history of France's First Empire, a work in French on the history of France's Second Empire a work in a language which is not French on the history of France's First or Second Empires, or a literary or artistic work or action related to the history of France's First or Second Empires. In particular, this prize can be awarded to a historian, academic, writer, artist, curator or manager of a Napoleonic establishment "for their career"… <http://www.napoleon.org/en/fondation/history_grands_prix/index.asp> 2. Who: THE DAVID H. PINKNEY PRIZE Deadline: 31st December (Annual) Amount: $1,500. USD The Society for French Historical Studies announces the David H. Pinkney Prize competition for the best book in French history published in 2012 by a citizen of the United States or Canada or an author with a full-time appointment at a U.S. or Canadian college or university. Books on any aspect and period of French history will be considered. Submissions in advance of publication are not eligible, nor are edited works. The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2012. The winner, who receives $1,500, will be announced at the annual meeting of the society… <http://www.societyforfrenchhistoricalstudies.net/prizes.html#pinkney> ================ Spot Light Navy Syrian Arab Republic Navy ================ 1. Syrian naval forces By: Jason W. Henson The Syrian navy is amongst the smallest of the Arab navies, despite the large size of the Syrian military overall…History. became nominally independent from France in September 1936 however it did not form a navy. In 1940 the Vichy French government reasserted control over Syria which lasted until a combined British-Free French force took control in 1941. In April 1946 the final French sailors left Syria… <http://www.harpoondatabases.com/encyclopedia/entry2611.aspx> 2. World Navies Today: Syria By: Andrew Toppan This list includes all surface combatants, submarines, mine warfare vessels and patrol craft over 100 tons displacement, and all amphibious ships and auxiliaries over 500 tons displacement. Non-self-propelled craft and non-seagoing vessels are not included. Ships not yet commissioned, or in long-term overhaul/conversion, are listed in… <http://www.hazegray.org/worldnav/> ------- Battle ------- 1. Battle of Latakia (6/7 October, 1973) First Naval Missiles Battle in History By: Zahal –Israeli Tactical Gear Captain Michael (Yomi)led 5 Israeli missile boats into the first battle in naval history that anti-ship missiles were used by both sides, and electronic warfare deception measures were taken. For his leadership and actions at the naval battle of Latakia Captain Barkai was awarded with the Israeli Citation of Exemplary (Ot HaMofet)… <http://www.zahal.org/groups/battle-of-latakia> ------ Books ------ 1. Vego, Milan N. Naval Strategy and Operations in Narrow Seas (Woburn Education Series). Routledge; 2 ed 2003. Many books and articles have been written on wars in narrow seas. However, none deals in any comprehensive manner with the problems of strategy and conduct of naval operations. The aim of this book is to explain in some detail the characteristics of a war fought in narrow seas and to compare and contrast strategy and major operations in narrow seas and naval warfare in the open ocean… 2. Tucker, Spencer C. and Priscilla Roberts. The Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Political, Social, and Military History. ABC-CLIO, 2008. The Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Political, Social, and Military History is the first comprehensive general reference encompassing all aspects of the contentious Arab-Israeli relationship from biblical times to the present, with an emphasis on the era beginning with World War I. The Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict goes beyond simply recapping military engagements. In four volumes, with more than 750 alphabetically organized entries, plus a separate documents volume, it provides a wide-ranging introduction to the distinct yet inextricably linked Arab and Israeli worlds and worldviews, exploring all aspects of the conflict… ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war H-Net's 20th anniversary is coming up! Help support it for another 20 years: http://www.h-net.org/donations/ -----