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History Office Digitizes “Army and Navy Journal”

The history office at Fort Monmouth recently digitized four issues of the Army and Navy Journal.  This is a great addition to the digital archive!

The first issue of the Army and Navy Journal from 1863.

About the journal itself

The Army and Navy Journal published its first issue in summer 1863.  The U.S. Army Signal Corps was only 3 years old back then, and the journal was designed with both military and civilian readers in mind as an annual periodical.

An article in the October 16, 1865, New York Times descibes the publication: “The proprietors of the Army and Navy Journal, in commencing the publication of their paper… sought to supply what hitherto we had been without — an organ devoted to the military and naval history and organizations of the United States. That they have fully succeeded…”

The Army and Navy Journal is now the Armed Forces Journal and is published by Army Times Publishing Company.

The cover of the 1938-39 issue celebrated the publication's 75th anniversary.

The issues here at Fort Monmouth

We have issues from 1938-39, 1941-42, 1942-43 and 1944-45.  As these were not published here at Fort Monmouth, and do not deal specifically with the Signal Corps or Communications and Electronics, they would not necessarily be destined for our archive at all.  Thanks to the foresight of previous historians and archivists here, this mini-collection provides a great window into the world in the Army and Navy – as well as military publishing – during the Great Depression and the Second World War.

An article about communications during WWII in the 1944-1945 issue.

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  • Gavin Dotter

    I really enjoyed the article. It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained!