Submarine Chasers of the U.S. Navy

Among the strategies for dealing with the U-boat threat to U.S. shipping was a series of small vessels, designed to be built cheaply and quickly, and optimized to find and hunt submarines. The sub chasers were small, but ended up playing out-sized roles along the coasts of the United States and around the world. The History Guy tells the forgotten story of the submarine chasers of the U.S. Navy.

Italy and the Great War

Italy declared war on Germany on August 28, 1916, fifteen months after declaring war on Austria. The strange story of how Italy came to join the Entente, and why they took so long to declare war on Germany, illustrates the complexity of the conflict and the differing motivations of the nations involved. The History Guy recalls one of the least understood and remembered fronts of the Great War.

Nortraship: The Norwegian Fleet and WWII

Germany invaded Norway in April 1940, and defeated the Nordic nation in a 62-day campaign. But Norwegians continued to serve the Allied cause throughout the war. One of the least remembered, most important, and most unique roles was not about strength of arms, but about gross tonnage. The History Guy remembers the critical role played by “the largest shipping company in the world.”

U.S. Automotive History and the Chevy Vega

Facing increasing competition from economy cars from Japan and Europe, General Motors roared into the subcompact market with an innovative design based on cutting edge technology. The Chevrolet Vega was the 1971 Motor Trend Car of the Year, but problems were soon to follow. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of the dawn of “subcompact” cars and “the car that nearly destroyed G.M.”