An authoritative one volume history of our Navy written by two members of the teaching staff of the Naval Academy. It is straight history, guarded to an extreme, and factual rather than interpretative, in a chronological record of the development of the Navy, its policy and strategy, engagements in successive wars, and an evaluation of the accomplishments of each war. From Colonial times, through the Revolution, the war with France, the war of 1812, the Great Lakes campaign, the Civil War and the Blockade, (this in perhaps greater detail than any other section), the Spanish-American War, and World Wars I and II, up to the point where the United States for the first time in the present struggle can take the stand of an aggressor. The material is topically arranged, with reference for further study at the chapter ends. The authors prove convincingly that the theory of Combhined Operations has been basto through our naval history.