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Chilean battleship Almirante Latorre.jpg
Almirante Latorre. By Underwood & Underwood – Public Domain.

I have a short piece up at the National Interest on battleship mutinies:


Battleships were a huge investment of national treasure and national pride. Indeed, in some cases they arguably represented an over-investment. This can become awkward when those ships are lost, either by enemy action or by accident. But it becomes exceptionally awkward when the crews of those ships turn their guns in the wrong direction.

Here, we look at five examples of battleship crew mutinies in the twentieth century. Some of these mutinies were put down without consequence, others led to bloodshed, and still others helped spark revolution.

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