Sea Power 1943 02 (PDF)




Vol. 3 No. 2
32 pages

Cover: If, when you first looked at this month’s cover, you came to the conclusion that McClelland Barclay was simply exercising his “artistic license” in painting the ammunition in gaudy colors, please take notice that you were wrong. Naval guns, such as the 5-inch piece depicted, are called upon to attack a variety of targets and the type of ammunition used varies widely. For example, shrapnel is frequently employed when bombarding shore positions; armor-piercing shells in duels between warships: anti-aircraft in fighting off enemy bombers. In order to make certain that no mistakes are made even in the heat of battle, all shells have distinctive colors or markings which indicate their type and bursting charge. Thus, armor-piercing shells are painted black; shrapnel, white; high explosive, yellow; gas, red; anti-aircraft and bombardment, green; while target practice ammunition is unpainted. A white band indicates that the shell carries tracers. Naturally, many combinations are possible. A shell might have a yellow nose and a red base, its case black. This would indicate that it was an armor-piercing, high explosive, gas shell. Now you have enough information to find out for yourself what type of shell the young man on our cover is holding.

Articles Inside:

Out of the Mail Buoy

News from the Seven Seas

Don’t Give Up the Ships – The key to our security-today and tomorrow. By Sheldon Clark

Thirty-Four Men and Me – She survived ten awful days in a lifeboat. By Elizabeth Fowler

Jack Tars of All Trades – They work like bees and sting like the Navy. ( Seabees ) By Roger Kafka

Sinking Spells for Tojo – Beware the easy payment plan to victory. By Alexander Kiralfy

The Waves Ride High – Or why the Navy wants more women

Scoreboard of Naval Losses

Japan’s Eggshell Cruisers – The Nips are paying in ships for false economy. By Jay Launer

Tin Fish That Think – With diabolical cunning the deadly torpedo finds its mark. By Walton L. Robinson

In Which We Serve – Picture Film of the year-biography of a British destroyer

They Can’t Come Back – Catafighters over convoys are licking Nazi bombers. By Roy L. Pepperburg

Book Reviews

Woman’s Council Celebrates Anniversary

A Letter from a Fighting Man