Book cover of Small Boats and Daring Men: Maritime Raiding, Irregular Warfare, and the Early American Navy by Benjamin Armstrongby Benjamin Armstrong

Two centuries before the daring exploits of Navy SEALs and Marine Raiders captured the public imagination, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps were already engaged in similarly perilous missions: raiding pirate camps, attacking enemy ships in the dark of night, and striking enemy facilities and resources on shore. Even John Paul Jones, father of the American navy, saw such irregular operations as critical to naval warfare. With Jones’s own experience as a starting point, Benjamin Armstrong sets out to take irregular naval warfare out of the shadow of the blue-water battles that dominate naval history. This book, the first historical study of its kind, makes a compelling case for raiding and irregular naval warfare as key elements in the story of American sea power.

Interview with the Author

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Benjamin F. Armstrong, “Small Boats and Daring Men: Maritime Raiding, Irregular Warfare, and the Early American Navy” (U Oklahome Press, 2019)
11/18/20           58 min


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Naval Irregular Warfare in Early America with Benjamin Armstrong
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NASOH #010: Benjamin BJ Armstrong – U.S. Naval Academy, Small Boats and Daring Men: Maritime Raiding, Irregular Warfare, and the Early American Navy
7/4/20          60 min


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