Preservation, Education, and Commemoration of Naval History
BOOK REVIEW – McNamara, Clifford, and the Burdens of Vietnam, 1965-69
By Edward J. Drea, Washington, D.C.:Historical Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense, (2011).
Reviewed by Dr. Richard P. Hallion
The historians within the Office of the Secretary of Defense have established an enviable reputation for meticulously researched and well-crafted books, particularly their series on the various Secretaries of Defense. Edward J. Drea’s impressive new volume in this series will add further luster to both the office and its author. Drea, a highly regarded historian of wide-ranging experience, is no stranger to those in the military history community, and he has drawn on a wide range of official and unofficial sources to brilliantly relate four crucial years in the Johnson era.
On 14 March 1863, during the American Civil War, Rear Admiral David Glasgow Farragut’s squadron of seven ships forced their way up the Mississippi River past the heavy batteries at Port Hudson, Louisiana, to support Union troops at Vicksburg and Baton Rouge. This Currier and Ives image depicts the battle. Library of Congress LC-USZC2-1973.
BOOK REVIEW – E-BOAT vs. MTB: The English Channel 1941-45
By Gordon Williamson, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, UK, (2011).
Reviewed by Captain John A. Rodgaard, U.S.Navy (Retired)
E-BOAT vs. MTB is Gordon Williamson’s latest contribution to Osprey Publishing Company’s Osprey’s “Duel” series of short works that emphasize the “…account of machines of war pitted against each other and the combatants who operate them.”
BOOK REVIEW – Great Lakes Warships, 1812-1815
By Mark Lardas, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, United Kingdom (2010)
Reviewed by Diana L. Ahmad, Ph.D.
For a book of only forty-eight pages, this publication provides an excellent overview of the Great Lakes ships of the War of 1812. An amateur historian, the author, Mark Lardas, trained as a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineer, but worked at the Johnson Space Center for a time. Lardas devotes as much time to describing the vessels as he does to explaining the battles in which the ships participated.
Call for Papers: Press Gangs, Conscripts and Professionals – Recruiting the Royal Navy from the Age of Sail to the Present Day
To be held at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth
6 and 7 September 2013
Keynote Address by Brian Lavery
Conference Reception Onboard HMS Victory
This conference will explore how the Royal Navy recruited its personnel from its earliest times to the present day, including its various branches and services such as the Royal Marines, Women’s Royal Naval Services, Royal Naval Air Service, Fleet Air Arm and Submarine Service. The conference is open to scholars from all backgrounds and disciplines that are using analyses naval manpower within their research.
NHHC image NH 100803.
On 14 December 1814, a British squadron captured U.S. gunboats in the Battle of Lake Borgne, Louisiana, as the British advanced towards New Orleans and the eventual showdown with American forces led by General Andrew Jackson. This painting by T.L. Hornbrook depicts the fighting on the lake. NHHC image KN-10881.
Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the sailor in your life? How about a U.S. Navy cruise book, from the collection of the Navy Department Library? High resolution reproductions are available, details here: http://www.navyhistory.org/historical-services/cruise-books/
A portion of the proceeds from reproductions goes to support the mission of the Naval Historical Foundation.
Call for Papers: Battle of the Atlantic – 70th Anniversary Conference
May 2013 marks the seventieth anniversary of perhaps the major turning point in the Allied victory over the Germans in the Atlantic during the Second World War ‒ the defeat of the Uboats in mid-ocean. The official commemoration in Liverpool over the weekend of 25-26 May 2013 provides the opportunity for a preceding two-day conference on 23-24 May, where the various aspects of the campaign can be remembered, studied, and discussed.
(Learn more about the conference here)
Photo: German sub under aerial attack, 1943. NHHC image USN 208284, L-File.
Doing a bit of Cyber Monday shopping? The 2013 Naval Historical Foundation Art Calendar is a great gift for a sailor, veteran, or fan of the Navy. Details for purchase are available online: http://www.navyhistory.org/publications/2013-the-navy-art-calendar/