By George Daughan

On the outbreak of the battle of 1812, America’s clients seemed dismal. It was once transparent that the first battlefield often is the open ocean—but America’s warfare fleet, purely twenty ships powerful, confronted a practiced British military of greater than 1000 men-of-war. nonetheless, via a mixture of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, the yank military controlled to take the struggle to the British and switch the tide of the warfare: at the nice Lakes, within the Atlantic, or even within the japanese Pacific.
In 1812: The Navy’s War, prizewinning historian George C. Daughan tells the exciting tale of the way a handful of heroic captains and their stalwart crews overcame wonderful odds to steer the rustic to victory opposed to the world’s maximum imperial strength. a gorgeous contribution to army and nationwide background, 1812: The Navy’s War is the 1st whole account in additional than a century of ways the U.S. army rescued the fledgling state and secured America’s destiny.

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While a few dozen were exceptional enlisted men and women, the morning of July 1, 1998, leveled the playing field and made each of us a member of one team. Induction Day, commonly known as I-Day, transformed this rag-tag group of young men and women into crisply dressed and shorn midshipmen equipped with everything they needed to begin their journey. I-Day is a mix of excitement and foreboding, the first of many such days to come during the next four strenuous and tumultuous years. While high school friends basked in the freedom of their summer vacation and prepared to attend civilian colleges, this small cross-section of American teenagers opted for a more rigid lifestyle, defined by regulations and abject obedience to orders.

McCain (DDG 56). It had been a full day of drills, an hour or two of broken sleep, and then back to the bridge for the “reveille watch,” from 0200 to 0700. We were under way as part of our destroyer squadron’s group sail, during which all the ships in the force are put to sea for a series of exercises, to prepare for upcoming operations in the East China Sea. Each day featured an exchange of several officers and crew members to observe the operation from other ships in the squadron. On this particular morning, the ships converged to close quarters before first light, put their small boats in the water, and conducted the personnel transfer.

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