The table of contents for the latest edition of the Journal of Military History has just been posted with some interesting pieces in it on the Second World War.
David Hein, Vulnerable: HMS Prince of Wales in 1941′
In 1941 HMS Prince of Wales (53) journeyed from one historic episode to the next: the fight against KMS Bismarck, the first summit between Churchill and Roosevelt, convoy duty in the Mediterranean, and Force Z to the Far East, where she was sunk off the east coast of Malaya on 10 December. In addition, the Prince of Wales sailed from history-as-what-happened into history-as-public-memory. This article not only offers a portrait of an important man-of-war that has lacked a comprehensive biographical treatment; it also proposes consideration of a recurring theme—vulnerability—and follows this thread throughout this ship’s history.
The collaboration during World War II (1939–45) between the British Royal Navy (RN) and the navies-in-exile of Poland, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Yugoslavia, and Greece necessitated the creation of a liaison system between senior naval officers to ensure the effective integration of Allied navies into RN commands. This article’s purpose is to explain the RN’s World War II senior-level naval liaison system. It addresses the origin, duties, and evolution of the office of Principal Liaison Officer, Allied Navies (PNLO), and evaluates how the liaison office influenced the relationship between the RN and the Allied navies.
Dwight S. Mears, ‘The Catch-22 Effect: The Lasting Stigma of Wartime Cowardice in the U.S. Army Air Forces‘
During World War II, U.S. airmen circulated pernicious rumors about the motives of the hundreds of aircrews who landed in neutral countries. Although investigated and disproven by the leadership of the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF), the rumors persisted in popular memory and ultimately stigmatized the veterans who endured neutral captivity. This essay examines the motives of some airmen who landed in Switzerland, and argues that the stigma associated with neutral captivity resulted in denials of benefits and military decorations to deserving veterans.