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

By Francis M. Carroll, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. (2012)

Reviewed by David Kronenfeld

Athenia Torpedoed is the latest work by Canadian history professor Francis M. Carroll. The author of ten books, Professor Carroll is currently professor emeritus at the University of Manitoba. Athenia Torpedoed documents the passenger ship Athenia’s background, sailing, sinking, and resulting personal and political fallout. Carroll painstakingly compiled dozens of first-hand accounts from crew, passengers and rescuers to paint a complete picture of the events surrounding the sinking of the first Allied vessel lost to U-boats in what became known as the Battle of the Atlantic.

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Call for Papers: 2013 International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War

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 take place at the George Washington University on April 25-27, 2013. 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 (ieresgwu@gwu.edu) by January 31, 2013.

(find out more here)

NHF Facilitates Donation of World War II Naval Aviation Records

The Naval Historical Foundation recently helped to facilitate the donation of unique squadron records and artifacts to the Navy’s premiere naval aviation museum. The donation of materials from World War II fighter squadrons VF-3 and VBF-3 to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida, was made possible by NHF Chairman Admiral Bruce DeMars, USN (Retired). The records were donated by Mrs. Dorothy Armistead, widow of two pilots who flew with those squadrons during the war.

(Learn more about the donation)

On 17-18 December 1944, Admiral Halsey’s Third Fleet encountered a huge storm (Typhoon Cobra) northeast of Samar in the Pacific Ocean. The destroyers USS Hull, USS Monaghan and USS Spence were sunk, while 21 other ships were damaged. This circa 1938 photo shows Monaghan underway. National Archives image 80-G-425603.

Earlier this month we posted an excerpt from the oral history of Captain Douglas Phillips, USN (Retired), which detailed his first-hand experiences during the attack on Pearl Harbor. We just received a photo of then-Lieutenant Phillips, and wanted to share it.

You can read his account of December 7, 1941 here: http://www.navyhistory.org/2012/12/remembering-pearl-harbor-interview-with-a-navy-survivor/

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


By R. Neil Scott, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, MD. (2012.)

Reviewed by Alan M. Anderson

During World War I, over two million American servicemen were successfully transported across the Atlantic Ocean to England and France. Of the many troopships traveling eastward, German U-boats torpedoed three. The only other troopship lost, Otranto, sank on 6 October 1918, after another troopship rammed her during a terrific storm in the channel between Ireland and northern Scotland. Over 350 American soldiers lost their lives in the disaster, more than the number of Americans lost on any one of the troopships that were torpedoed. In total, 470 lives were lost when Otranto went down.

(read the full review here)

On 16 December 1907, the Great White Fleet departed Hampton Roads, VA to circumnavigate the world. In this image, Atlantic Fleet flagship USS Connecticut (Battleship # 18) leads fifteen battleships out of Hampton Roads as the Great White Fleet gets underway. NHHC image NH 106192.

BOOK REVIEW – Warship 2011
Edited by John Jordan,  Conway, London, Great Britain. (2011).
Reviewed by Kempton Baldridge Jr.
The annual Warship series covers a wide variety of naval topics, both historical and contemporary.  Last year’s edition covered three main subjects: naval strategy and tactics, naval architecture, and naval incidents and developments.  Many of the essays contained in this volume are particularly relevant to some of the questions facing world navies today.
(read the full review here)

BOOK REVIEW – Warship 2011

Edited by John Jordan,  Conway, London, Great Britain. (2011).

Reviewed by Kempton Baldridge Jr.

The annual Warship series covers a wide variety of naval topics, both historical and contemporary.  Last year’s edition covered three main subjects: naval strategy and tactics, naval architecture, and naval incidents and developments.  Many of the essays contained in this volume are particularly relevant to some of the questions facing world navies today.

(read the full review here)

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