World War II Rhode Island

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Rhode Island's contribution to World War II vastly exceeded its small size. Narragansett Bay was an armed camp dotted by army forts and navy facilities. They included the country's most important torpedo production and testing facilities at Newport and the Northeast's largest naval air station at Quonset Point. Three special, top-secret German POW camps were based in Narragansett and Jamestown. Meanwhile, Rhode Island workers from all over the state - including, for the first time, many women - manufactured military equipment and built warships, most notably the Liberty ships at Providence Shipyard. Authors from the Rhode Island history blog trace Rhode Island's outsized wartime role, from the scare of an enemy air raid after Pearl Harbor to the war's final German U-boat sunk off Point Judith.
ISBN: 9781467136907
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Rhode Island
Series: Military
Images: 62
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Christian McBurney, the primary editor of this book and the editor and publisher of the Online Review of Rhode Island History, has written seven books on Rhode Island and/or Revolutionary War history. For more information on his books go to Brian L. Wallin spent the first half of his career as a radio and television journalist for major stations in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and the second half working as a healthcare executive for hospital systems in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In addition to being a frequent contributor to the Online Review of Rhode Island History, he is a trustee of the Varnum Continentals historic militia and the Varnum Armory Museum. Patrick T. Conley is president of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, president of the Heritage Harbor Foundation, chairman of the Rhode Island Publications Society and currently serving as the first historian laureate of the State of Rhode Island. For more information on the twenty-six books he has authored, as well as other Rhode Island history books, go to John W. Kennedy is a retired naval officer who for the last seven and a half years served as the director of education and community outreach for the Naval War College Museum at Newport. In that capacity, he ran the popular Eight Bells history lecture series. He retired in 2016. Maureen A. Taylor is the author of sixteen books on family history and photography, as well as Rhode Island history. The Wall Street Journal called her “the nation's foremost photo detective.” For more information on her books, go to
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