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Legacies

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In Robert Farley
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On October 9, 2012
My latest at the Diplomat follows up last week’s unpleasantness with a discussion of legacy systems in modern military force structure: In December 1941, it became apparent to most world naval authorities that battleships would not play the role naval doctrine expected them to play.  The vulnerability of battleships to the striking power of aircraft carriersmeant that […]
If any of our Bay Area readers have an interest in seeing USS Iowa sail under Golden Gate Bridge, apparently it’s happening right now. Not likely to ever have a chance to see a battleship sail under the Golden Gate again.  Iowa is headed to Los Angeles to become a museum and memorial. Kyle Mizokami […]

Bismarck

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On May 26, 2011

Seventy years ago this evening, engineers on Bismarck were frantically trying to repair her damaged rudder, as she turned away from France and toward a Royal Navy task force.  They would fail, and it

HMS Hood

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On May 24, 2011

Seventy years ago today, HMS Hood met her fate. 1415 of her crew died within a few minutes of the explosion. Ted Briggs, last of the three survivors, died in October 2008.  The hunt for Bismarck woul

This is going to make it very difficult to mount a credible counter-offensive against the Gamilons: Researchers have been studying the Titanic’s remains since they were discovered resting more than two miles beneath the ocean surface. And they’ve found that the ship has been not-so-slowly disappearing. Visitors have removed artifacts, and the hull is festooned […]

July 4, 1905

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On July 4, 2009

Fascinating front page of the Atlanta Constitution from July 4, 1905. Lead story was not Independence Day, and in fact I can’t find a single reference to the holiday on the page; either it was n

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