History Articles

Collection of articles on naval history, strategies, and design. 

This section of the website is reserved for historical articles. It contains articles written by our team of writers as well as guest submitted articles. New articles are being added on a daily basis so remember to check back in for more!

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the challenges of building a modern battleship

The Challenges of Building a Modern Battleship

By Chris Knupp | Oct 13, 2017

In a previous article, I made it clear that the ultimate goal of our website is to construct a Montana class battleship as the greatest example of experimental historical reconstruction. It will be an extremely difficult process, taking a lot of time and money to complete. It might seem easy considering that nations once regularly…

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flagship of the naval forces

Navy General Board going Forward

By Chris Knupp | Oct 9, 2017

It is hard to believe that it has been nine months now that the website has been created and only six months since the Facebook page was launched. In that relatively short amount of time, we have seen tremendous growth. Almost 5000 people follow the website and we add another 200 people to that number…

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all or nothing armor scheme

All or Nothing Armor Scheme : What is It?

By Chris Knupp | Oct 4, 2017

In 1916, the United States launched the USS Nevada (BB-36). Compared to previous United States battleships, she was revolutionary in many ways. She used triple turrets, turbines, and she was larger than any other battleship. However, she also carried one notable advancement that was revolutionary compared to all other battleships across the globe. This advancement…

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how sms seydlitz survived jutland

Tough engineering, tougher crew – how SMS Seydlitz survived Jutland

By Matthew Wright | Oct 3, 2017

The way that ships are more than just their engineering specifications – as Robert Heinlein once put it, ‘more than just steel’, is clear in the tale of how SMS Seydlitz survived Jutland. The German battlecruiser took a pounding at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. Struck 21 times by heavy shells, and…

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the rise of naval air power

The Rise of Naval Air Power over Capital Ships: A Breakdown of Significant Advances

By Chris Knupp | Sep 28, 2017

Few advancements have changed naval warfare as drastically as the introduction of aircraft. The rise of naval air power heralded in a new age of warfare while simultaneously  bringing an end to the era of dreadnaughts. The exact time that this took place however, is still being debated. The most popular opinion is that air…

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ships are more than just statistics

Ships are more than just statistics – people count

By Matthew Wright | Sep 28, 2017

The recent collisions and other incidents with the US 7th Fleet – and the look the US Navy is taking at the fleet’s practises – underscore a point well understood for centuries by naval commanders. People count. Training counts. And morale is part of the mix. History is littered with stories of ships surviving –…

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Montana Class vs. Iowa Class : Reversion back to Traditional Battleship Design

By Chris Knupp | Sep 22, 2017

The Iowa class battleship was a radical departure from traditional US battleship design practice. The US had long advocated for firepower and armor at the expense of speed. While the Iowa class was the first true fast battleship and arguably a massive success, Naval designers were quick to begin work on a successor design. A…

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washington naval treaty

Ten interesting facts about the Washington Naval Treaty

By Matthew Wright | Sep 20, 2017

The ‘ Washington Naval Treaty ’ was one of the world’s few successful naval limitation agreements. It was negotiated between November 1921 and February 1922, in Washington, and signed on 6 February that year. It limited not just numbers of ships, but also the specifications and timing of new-build vessels, but what’s perhaps more interesting…

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the saga of the seeadler

The Saga of the Seeadler : Commerce Raider of the First World War

By Chris Knupp | Sep 14, 2017

As far as naval warfare is concerned in World War I, the dreadnought was at the forefront. Everything revolved around their thick armor, powerful guns, and cutting edge steam engines. The leviathans that took part in the Battle of Jutland were a far cry from the sailing ships of past wars. However, as it would…

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