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Sinking of oiler USS Mississinewa

Most Notable US Navy Losses of World War 2 – Part II

In Part One of Notable US Navy Losses of World War 2 we covered the USS Arizona (BB-39), USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56), USS Tullibee (SS-284), USS Tang (SS-306), USS Mount Hood (AE-11), USS Borie (DD-215), USS Ingraham II (DD-444), USS Indianapolis (CA-35), USS Stewart (DD-224), USS Sturtevant (DD-240), USS R-12 (SS-89) and USS S-28 (SS-133) but these were just a handful of the notable losses. We asked our readers …

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Tirpitz, escorted by several destroyers, steaming in the Bogenfjord in October 1942

Operation Zitronella: Tirpitz role at Spitzbergen

Since her commissioning in February 1941 the Tirpitz operated in the Baltic conducting trials and training her crew as well as participating in some minor operations in connection with the invasion of the Soviet Union of January ’42. She then steamed to Norwegian waters with the intent of being teamed with other German warships for …

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Colorized image of the Schlachtschiff Bismarck. (Credits: Bundesarchiv)

German Battleship Bismarck – A brief history

The German Battleship Bismarck was the largest ship of the German Kriegsmarine during the ’40s. It was one of the last great battleships before aircraft carriers and U-boats eclipsed them. At more than 50,000 tons it also eclipsed any battleships that Britain’s Royal Navy had at their disposal. She was named after Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. Construction of the …

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USS Missouri - Largest Lego Battleship

USS Missouri – The World’s Largest LEGO WWII Battleship

In the video you’ll see how Joshua Hanlon, of BrickPodcast.com, is talking with Daniel ‘Dan’ Siskind, who is the owner of the Minneapolis-based Brickmania, on his LEGO WWII Battleship “USS Missouri”, which is believed to be the world’s largest LEGO Battleship. It will take Siskind more than 1,000,000 million bricks to complete the project and more than a half year. …

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bridge of the Abraham Crijnssen, almost totally obscured by the layers of concealing foliage. (Credits: Wikimedia Commons)

When the Dutch Warship Abraham Crijnssen pretended to be an Island

Sometimes in life, the guy with the drunken, so-crazy-it-just-might-work ideas hits one out of the park and saves the day. This is clearly what happened in 1942 aboard the HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen, the last Dutch warship standing after the Battle of the Java Sea. Originally planning to escape to Australia with three other warships, the …

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Notable US Navy Losses of World War 2

During December 1941 and September 1945, the US Navy lost hundreds of warships and patrol craft due enemy contact, natural disasters and various incidents. We have compiled some of the more notable losses in the following list. USS Arizona (BB-39) The USS Arizona was a 31,400 ton Pennsylvania class battleship built at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New …

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USS New Jersey: A view behind her massive Guns

USS New Jersey (BB-62; also known as “Big J”), an Iowa-class battleship, was the most decorated US Battleship in Naval history and the second ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the US state of New Jersey (the first being BB16). She was launched on 7 December 1942 by the Philadelphia …

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Shipwreck of the USS Saratoga (CV-3) in Bikini Atoll

The USS Saratoga (CV-3), commissioned in 1927, was an Lexington-class American Aircraft carrier measuring 268 meters (880 ft.) in length and weighting 39,000 tons. Originally she was designed as a battlecruiser, but was later converted into one of the Navy’s first aircraft carriers during construction to comply with the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922. During her World …

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Battleship Roma - Corazzata Roma - Italian Navy

Cadillac of Italy’s WWII Navy: Battleship Roma

Battleship Roma (‘Corazzata Roma’) was the fourth Vittorio Veneto-class battleship of Italy’s Regia Marina (Royal Navy). As Roma was laid down almost four years after the first two ships of the class (Impero and Vittorio Veneto), some improvements were made to the design, which included an additional freeboard being added to the bow. Roma was commissioned on 14 June …

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