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, 1936 describes the Nomenclature of decks, Numbering of watertight compartments and Labeling used aboard vessels of the U.S. Navy. Included are three small amendments made in 1947, 1948 and 1949.
General Specifications-Appendix 10
, NAVPERS 16191, 1945, was created near the end of World War II and represents best practices in WW II damage control. Handbook of Damage Control
, NAVSANDA Publication 7, 1945, shows the culinary arts at the end of WW II. The Cookbook of the United States Navy
Cookbook 1904 (1.1 MB PDF)
Cookbook 1920 (1.9 MB PDF)
Submarine Cusine (21 MB PDF)
, 1950, describes the successful salvage of the battleship after running aground. U.S.S. Missouri (BB-63) Salvage Report
, SHIPS-2, 1942, is a manual for painting of ships from the middle during WW II. Ship Camouflage Instructions
Submarine Camouflage Instructions, 1944, camo-measure-32-subs-0849201.pdf (6.6 MB PDF)
Ship Concealment Camouflage Instructions, NAVSHIPS 250-374, 1953. camo1953.pdf (15 MB PDF)
, Bulletin 345-K, 1942. A WW II training manual explaining how to align pumps, gaskets, etc. Shipyard Outside Machinist
, 1949, is a training manual that focuses on the correct use of tools aboard ship. It is noteworthy because it includes tools that are specific to the maritime trades. Engine Room Tools
, Ordnance Pamphlet 636A, 1944, shows how Net and Boom defenses were used to protect ships and harbors from submarines and torpedoes during WW II. Net and Boom Defenses
, 1941. When looking at U.S. Navy records, they are normally sorted by the Navy Filing Manual. Navy File Manual
Standard Subject Identification Codes, 1987, a Cold War version of the U.S. Navy filing manual. ssic.pdf (5.9 MB PDF).
Also see m5210-2.pdf (1 MB PDF) for a 2005 version.
, Navships 250-452, 1967. We also have a 1955 version Boats of the United States Navy boatscat-250452-1955.pdf (3.1 MB PDF).
, NAVAER 51-15HA-502, 1956, describes the hydraulic catapult installed in the Catapult Type H, Mark 8 Essex class carriers.
, 1941, describes the Detail Specifications for Building Aircraft Carriers Essex class carriers.
, 1944. This covers a typical 24 inch U.S.N. Navy carbon arc searchlight of WW II. These were used for signaling, visual search, navigation and even fire control. They were installed on almost every surface ship. 24 Inch Searchlight, Model 24-G-20, Spec 17S21
, NAVSHIPS 316-0042, describes the single handle (wheel) US Navy water-tight door. Instruction Book For Quick-Acting Doors
Principles of Naval Engineering, NAVPERS-10788B, 1970. engineering.pdf (676 pages, 36.8 MB PDF)
Engineering in the Royal Navy, 1945. engmag.pdf (17.2 MB PDF)
, 1975, describes the The Glomar Explorer, Deep Ocean Working Vessel, Technical Description and Specification Glomar Explorer in the context of its cover story.
, NAVSHIPS 250-0334, 1958, was created for use by foundry personnel creating castings aboard repair ships and tenders. Foundry Manual
, TM 37-305, 1944, presents the proper methods of adjustment and repair of the U.S. typewriters of WW II. Typewriter Maintenance
Reference Book for Graphotype Class 6300, TM 10-626D, 1952, is a user manual for the classic embossing machine used for dog tags, data plates, etc. graphotypeuser.pdf (2.6 MB PDF)
Graphotype Class 6100, 6200, 6300 Service Manual, 5A 914-90, 1960, is the service manual for the same class of machines. graphotypeservice.pdf (4.4 MB PDF)
Instructions for Using Singer Electric Sewing Machines 99-23 and 99-24, 19753, 1941 singer-99-24-instructions.pdf (3.6 MB PDF)
List of Parts, For Family Shops, Machine No. 99-24, 19884, singer-99-24-parts.pdf (3.3 MB PDF)
Underway Replenishment, Naval Warfare Publication 4-01.4, 1996. unrep-nwp04-01.pdf (18.6 MB PDF)
Replenishment at Sea, ATP-16, 1955. unrep-atp-16.pdf (24.5 MB PDF).
Variable Course Clock, Mark 2, Navships 324-0006, WW II course clock used to zig-zag your own ship's course. course-clock-mk2.pdf (1 MB PDF).
Age of Sail:
The WW II Fleet Type Submarine Series:
The Fleet Type Submarine, 1946 NavPers 16160
Submarine Main Propulsion Diesels, 1946 NavPers 16161
Submarine Electrical Installations, 1946 NavPers 16162
Submarine Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Systems, 1945 NavPers 16163
Submarine Distilling Systems, 1955 Navpers 16163A
Submarine Air Systems, 1946 NavPers 16164
Submarine Periscope Manual, 1946 NavPers 16165
Submarine Trim and Drain Systems, 1945 NavPers 16166
Submarine Sonar Operator's Manual, 1944 NavPers 16167
Submarine Underwater Log Systems, 1945 NavPers 16168
Submarine Hydraulic Systems, 1946 NavPers 16169
Torpedo Tubes, 21-Inch submerged, Mks 32 to 39, 1944 O.P. 1085
Submarine, and Torpedo Fire Control:
, 1950. This describes how to plan a submarine's approach and attack using the fire control systems on Fleet and Guppy submarines with straight running torpedoes.
Submarine Torpedo Fire Control Manual
, 1968 include over 700 pages on all aspects of the Canadian Forces "O" Class Training Notebooks Oberon class submarines.
Swedish Export Submarines, Hans Ellerstrom, 1989. swedishsubs.pdf (19.3 MB PDF).
USS , 1944, Includes Ships Orders, Compartment Check-Off Lists, Emergency Bills, Diving and Surfacing Instructions. Pompon Ships Orders suborders.pdf (11.5 MB).
USS , 1943, Includes detailed information about Pampanito General Information Book Pamapanito as planned during construction ss383-general-info.pdf (80 MB).
, 1966 is a section of an officers qualification book describing the tactics used with an electric homing torpedo. Submarine Qualification Book - Mark 37 Torpedo
, Mark 3, Mods 5 to 12 inclusive, O.P. 1056, 1944 describes the most successful torpedo fire control computer of WW II. It is considered a masterpiece of mechanical computing design. Torpedo Data Computer Mark 3
, O.D. 453, 1922. This describes the circular slide rule commonly know as an "is-was" used to calculate an approach and attack by an submarine. Submarine Attack Course Finder Mark I Model 3
, O.D. 3518, 1941. This describes the hand operated torpedo angle solver commonly called a "banjo". It is used to calculate the gyro angle when the Torpedo Data Computer is not available. Torpedo Angle Solver Mark VIII Operating Instructions
, OP 1029, 1944, describes the five inch, 25 caliber, wet mount gun used on U.S.N. submarines near the end of WW II. 5-Inch Gun Mount Mark 40
, OD 4707, 1944, describes the installation of the five inch, 25 caliber, wet mount gun used on U.S.N. submarines near the end of WW II. 5-Inch Gun Mount Mark 40 Installation Instructions
, OD 5853, 1947, describes modifications to the Army single Bofors 40mm gun for use on submarines. The manuals for the gun are in the ordnance section below. 40-MM Wet Mount Assemblies (Single)
, ("U.Kdt.Hdb."), 1943 describes the submarine U-boat tactics of Nazi Germany. The Submarine Commander's Handbook
, 1956. This was prepared for the training and orientation of medical personnel to the problems associated with diving and submarine life. It provides an insight into the life aboard submarines. Submarine Medicine Practice
Medical Study of the Experiences of Submariners as Recorded in 1,471 Submarine Patrol Reports in World War II, 1949. duff.pdf (30.2 MB PDF).
History of Submarine Medicine in WW II, 1947. This includes many stories, typical medical supplies, as well as history. shilling.pdf (52 MB PDF).
, by William P. Gruner is a summary of the U.S. submarine war in the Pacific. U.S. Pacific Submarines In World War II
, describes a set of uniform voice procedures and phraseology for use throughout the U.S. WW II submarine fleet. Standard Submarine Phraseology
Submarine Telephone Talker's Manual, NAVPERS 16171, 1944, Voice communications in the sub and standard submarine procedures and phraseology. subtalker.pdf (3.5 MB).
, 1917, describes submarine and anti-submarine near the peak of WW I. Submarines, Military Characteristics, Tactical Use, and Methods of Defense Against Them
, 1942 was used for training on board S-class (built 1918-1925) submarines. Submarine Information and Instruction Manual
, 1943, is the manual for the WW II bathythermograph, a device that records the temperature of the water as the submarine moves through the water. Submarine Bathythermograph Type CTB 40079 and CTB 40131
, O.P. 1012, 1942 describes the demolition outfit provided for scuttling a WW II submarine. Demolition Outfit Mark 108 (for Submarines)
Submarine Periscope Type 2, 1940. Describes a type 2 attack periscope (89KA40/1.414) used during WW II. Be sure to also check the Fleetsub Periscope training manual. periscope-type2-1940.pdf (14.5 MB).
Submarine Periscope Type 4, 1942. Describes a type 4 standard periscope (93KN36) used during WW II. Be sure to also check the Fleetsub Periscope training manual. periscope-type4-1944.pdf (13.5 MB).
Submarine Periscope Type 2E, NAVSHIPS 0324-048-6000, 1962. Describes the type 2E attack periscope used during the Cold War. Many of these have been donated to museums for display periscopes. periscope-2e.pdf (6.4 MB).
Periscope Motion-Picture Camera 16mm., Mark 2, Mod. 0, 1943, Shows the 16mm film camera and periscope mount carried by US Submarines during WW II. periscope-motion-picture-camera-mk2.pdf (5.7 MB).
Optical Equipment, Periscopes, Mark XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII and XIX description, O.P. 495, 1924. Describes early submarine periscopes. periscope-mk-16-19.pdf (2.4 MB).
Target Bearing Transmitter, Mark 8, O.P. 1189, 1944. Describes the transmitters for the waterproof binoculars used for target designation on US WW II submarines. (missing pages 14-15) tbt-mk8-op1189.pdf (19.9 MB).
Target Bearing Transmitter, Mark 9, O.P. 1148, 1945. Describes the transmitters for the waterproof binoculars used for target designation on US WW II submarines. tbt.pdf (10.1 MB).
Telescopes Mark 90 Mods. 0-1 and Mark 91 Mods. 0-1, Principles of Operation and Instruction for Shipboard Maintenance, OP 1398, 1946. Describes the waterproof binoculars used on the TBTs and five inch 25 cal guns. telescope-mark-90-91-op1398.pdf (8.4 MB)
, 1943 shows how submarines and allied aircraft were supposed to be deconflicted. Unfortunately we also know that there were numerous friendly fire incidents during WW II. Submarine Sanctuaries Bombing And Attack Restrictions
14" Sebastian Lathe, Collection of information on the lathe installed in US submarines during WW II. sub-lathe.pdf (13.8 MB).
Type CAGQ-66134 Antenna Assembly, 900,524-IB, 1944. Submarine VHF antenna. sub-vhf-antenna-CAGQ-66134.pdf (4.5 MB).
Modernized 850 Foot Submarine Rescue Chamber, SS750-AA-MMA-010/850FT, 1981, Updated version of the McCann rescue chamber. submarine-rescue-chamber.pdf (2.2 MB).
Also see Drawing showing use of the Submarine Rescue Chamber.
WW II Destroyer:
Standard Organization Book for 2100-Ton Destroyers, 1943. This describes the organization of the personnel and standard procedures on a WW II destroyer. Among the many tables there are details that provide insight in to the life aboard and operation of a destroyer.
Destroyer Steam Propulsion Manual, 1946. This describes the main propulsion plant of DD445 and DD692 Classes.
Operating Instructions for Five Inch, 38 Caliber, Gun Crews, 1943. This describes the operation of one of the most common manual gun mounts of WW II.
5-Inch Twin Gun Mount Mark 28, 32 and 38, OP 805, 1944, is a detailed manual describing this very successful naval gun from WW II.
Torpedo Fire Control Equipment (Destroyer Type), 1947. This manual describes the peak of WW II US destroyer torpedo fire control technology.
21-Inch Above Water Torpedo Tubes Mark 14 And Mods And Mark 15 And Mods, OP 764, 1955. Describes the destroyer, deck mounted torpedo tube of WW II.
Depth Charge Projector Mark 1, OP 63, 1918, covers the "Y" gun depth charge projector.
Depth Charge Projector Mark 6, Mod 1 and Mod 2, OP 831, 1944, covers the "K" gun depth charge projector.
Depth Charge Release Tracks and Associated Equipment, OP 904, 1952, covers the U.S.N. depth charge used on WW II and early Cold War destroyers.
Submarine Recognition Manual, ca. late 1950s. subrec.pdf (3.4 MB PDF).
Ordnance, Gunnery and Fire Control
, NAVPERS 91900, 1953, is an introduction to mechanical computing gun fire control. The basic fire control principles of gun against a surface target are then applied to the control of Anti-aircraft guns, Antisubmarine Weapons, Torpedoes, Rockets and Guided Missiles.
Fire Control Fundamentals
, 1959. This was created to introduce ROTC officers to these weapons and their effects. Principles of Guided Missiles and Nuclear Weapons
, Ordnance Pamphlet 1112, 1945, is a Navy catalog of Gun Mounts and Turrets that includes almost all the U.S. Navy WW II equipment. Gun Mount And Turret Catalog
Index of Army Aeronautical Equipment with Navy and British Equivalents, Volume 5, Armament, 1944. Index-of-Aeronautical-Equipment-5-Armament-1944.pdf. (49.5 MB PDF)
Aviation Ordnance Equipment Catalog, OP 865, 1944. op865-aviation-ordnance-equip-catalog-1944.pdf. (62.3 MB PDF)
Gun Mount Adapters, Navy Type, OP 1070, 1945. Browning aircraft gun mounts. op1070-gun-mount-adapters-navy-type-1945.pdf. (7 MB PDF)
, Ordnance Pamphlet 1664, 1947, describes and illustrates United States Navy projectiles, Army and Navy rockets, pyrotechnics, grenades, land mines, bombs, and guided missiles. U.S. Explosive Ordnance
Small Arms Ammunition, TM 9-1990, OP 215, 1948, tm-1990-small-arms-ammunition.pdf (16.7 MB)
Tools, Maintenance, for Repair of Group A Material, WD CAT ORD 6 SNL A-35, DOA SC Group A, 1949. Dept. of the Army Supply Catalog, Tools for small arms. pdf/ord-6-snl-a-35-tools-small-arms.pdf (5.6 MB)
, OP 1042, 1944, describes chemical smoke systems for creating smoke screens. Ships Chemical Smoke Munitions, Description and Instructions For Use
B.R. 932, Handbook on Ammunition, 1945. British Navy ammunition from WW II br932.pdf (21 MB PDF)
U.S. Navy Projectiles and Fuzes, 1945, is a catalog of U.S.N. projectiles and fuzes. This document was removed from the web site in Mar 2010 at the request of the USN, NHHC Washington, DC for classification review. If you are an EOD technician and need ordnance data, the US military Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technical Support Center, EODTSC@navy.mil supports EOD operations worldwide 24/7.
British Bombs and Fuzes, 1944, is a catalog of British, bombs, fuzes, rockets, demolition charges, etc. from WW II. This document was removed from the web site in Mar 2010 at the request of the USN NHHC for classification review.
, O.P. 898, 1943, is a catalog of U.S. mines from WW II. Mine Identification Manual
, ORD 696(B), 1959, shows the basics of underwater offensive mines. Operational Characteristics of U.S. Naval Mines (U)
, 1945, was created by the U.S. Navy Bomb Disposal School near the end of WW II. It covers all forms of underwater ordnance, not just mines. Mine Disposal Handbook
, Ordnance Pamphlet 1177, 1945, describes modified fireworks used by surface ships, submarines and merchant ships. These are used for used for signaling, marking, or illuminating objects. Surface Pyrotechnics and Projectors
, Ordnance Pamphlet 1855, 1953, is a U.S. Navy catalog of missile launchers, rocket launchers, depth charge projectors, and related equipment. Missile Launchers and Related Equipment Catalog
. 1953, This lists all the Ordnance Pamphlets (OP), Ordnance Data, (NAVORD ODs), Ordnance Technical Instructions (NAVORD OTIs), Ordnance Handling Instructions (NAVORD OHIs), Aviation Ordnance Modification Instructions (NAVORD OMIs), NAVORD Charts (Not Issued to Fleet Activities) and War Dept. Publications (Stocked at NAVGUN). This is the place to find out what manuals you are missing. Index of Ordnance Publications, OP 0
Alternative 1946 version with low quality images in PDF, OP0.pdf (18 MB PDF)
, 1908, and Description of Range Keeper, Mark II with Directions for its Care and Manipulation , 1907. These describe the Vickers Range Clock as used by the US Navy. This was a key element of HMS Specifications for the Manufacture of Range Keepers, Mark II, U.S. Navy Dreadnought era fire control that continued in use through WW II.
, 1946, describes the Vickers Range Clock, Dumaresq, Coventry Range Clock, Portable Fire Control Tray, Range Transmitter and Spotting Box, Deflection Transmitter and Spotting Box. Some of these classic British instruments were kept in use over 50 years. B.R. 1534, Handbook on Minor Fire Control Instruments
, 1945. This manual represents the peak of British WW II gunnery. Examples included are taken from the six-inch cruiser of the The Gunnery Pocket Book, B.R. 224/45 Mauritius class, a Dido class cruiser, and a typical destroyer.
, 1943, describes the smaller of the two main gun fire control instruments of the Royal Navy in WW II. B.R. 901/43, Handbook of The Admiralty Fire Control Clock Mark I and I*
, 1945, describes the radar target designation system of the Royal Navy in WW II. B.R. 901/43, Handbook On The Use Of Radar For Gunnery Purposes Visual/Radar Target Indication
B.R. 257, Handbook for the 4 Inch Q.F. Mark XVI* Gun on the H.A. Twin Mark XIX and Single Mark XX Mountings, 1941. br257.pdf (11.6 MB PDF)
O.U. 6359A, Handbook for 6-Inch, B.L., Mark XXIII Guns on Triple, Mark XXII Mounting, 1937. ou6359a.pdf (8.6 MB PDF)
B.R. 1919, Handbook for 40mm Bofors Twin R.P. 50 Mark 5 Mounting, 1945. br1919.pdf (14 MB PDF)
Aircrewman's Gunnery Manual, OPNAV 33-40, NAVAER 00-80S-40, 1944. Covers the Caliber .50 Browning Machine Gun M2, Aircraft, Basic and .30 cal. machine gun, and .45 cal. automatic pistol. Air_Crewmans_Gunnery_Manual_1944.pdf (55.8 MB)
The Ordnance Catalog, Standard Nomenclature List No. A-38, Gun, Machine .50, Browning M2, Aircraft-Basic, Parts and equipment list. gun-50cal-snl-a-38.pdf (10.4 MB)
Group A, List of all Service Parts of Gun, Machine, Cal. .50, AN-M3, Aircraft, Basic, ORD SNL A-67, July 1955 gun-50cal-snl-a-67.pdf (26.5 MB)
Single Adapters For Caliber .50 Machine Guns, Types E-11 and E-13, AN 11-10-25, 1945. Aircraft and submarine recoil .50 cal. mount. browning-50cal-mount-E-11-aircraft-AN 11-10-25.pdf (3.9 MB)
, OP 911, 1943, is a Navy service manual for the anti-aircraft gun of choice during the early years of WW II. 20 MM Antiaircraft Gun
, OP 909, 1943, is a Navy service manual for the 20 mm gun mounts used aboard ships during during the early years of WW II. 20 MM Antiaircraft Gun Mount
, OP 1439, 1945, is a Navy service manual for the twin mount version of the classic WW II anti-aircraft gun on the tripod style mount. Twin 20-mm Antiaircraft Assemblies
20 MM A.A. Single and Twin Mounts, All Marks and Mods, Illustrated Parts Breakdown, NAVORD OP 3476, 1967. 20mm-navord-op-3476-ipb.pdf (11.2 MB)
Handbook for 20 MM Small Arms Ammunition, 1943. gun20mm-26-pubs-5566-ammo.pdf (3.1 MB)
Machine Gun Bulletin No 2 - 20mm Machine Gun, 1942. 20mm-mg-bulletin-no2.pdf (6.1 MB)
, OP 820, 1943. The maintenance manual for the dual Bofors 40mm gun. This was the most widely used anti-aircraft gun of WW II. 40 MM Antiaircraft Gun
, OP 1329, 1947 describes the very widely used quad mount for the Bofors 40mm gun of WW II. 40 MM Mount Mk 4
, TM 9-1252, 1951, is an Army service manual for this widely used single Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft gun of WW II. 40 MM Antiaircraft Gun
, TM 9-252, 1944, is an Army service manual for this widely used single Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft gun of WW II. 40-mm Automatic Gun M1 (AA)
, OP 811, 1943, describes the three inch, 50 caliber gun of WW II and its revisions. 3-inch Mount Mark 20, 21, 22 and Mods
, 1947. Describes in detail the first post-WW II gun turret and last big gun turret created by the US U.S. Navy. 8-Inch 3-Gun Turrets Main Armament For USS Salem Class, Turret Description And Operation
, OP 1480, 1946, is a manual for the U.S. proximity fuzes of WW II. VT Fuzes For Projectiles and Spin-Stabilized Rockets
, OP 1140, 1944, describes the mechanical computing elements used in U.S. Navy fire control systems. These components are the building blocks of some of the most successful analog mechanical computers ever built. (in PDF) Basic Fire Control Mechanisms
, OP 1140a, 1946, has maintenance procedures for the mechanical computing elements used in U.S. Navy fire control systems. (in PDF) Basic Fire Control Mechanisms Maintenance
, OP 1700, 1950, and 1957 established a set of standard fire control symbols to be used in various U.S. Navy fire control systems. Standard Fire Control Symbols
, Ordnance Pamphlet 1064, 1945 (1951 Addendum), describes the fire control computer used on guns from 5" to 16" aboard US Navy ships of WW II. Computer Mark 1 and Mods (with Computer Mark 1A Addendum)
, Ordnance Pamphlet 1064A, 1947, is the first half of the maintenance manual for the Mark 1 computer. Computer Mark 1 and Mods. Maintenance Volume 1
Ordnance Pamphlet 1063, 1944, describes the stable element that determines the pitch and roll of the ship and supplies this to the fire control computer. Stable Element Mark 6
, O.P. 1171, describes the optical rangefinder used in Gun Director Mark 50 and in many smaller surface combatants of WW II. Rangefinders Marks 58; 58, Mod. I; 65; and 65, Mod. I
Fire Control Radar, Mark 8, Operation, O.P. 658, 1943, op658.pdf (775 KB PDF)
, OP 60, 1944, is a series of tables documenting the standard guns, mounts and turrets of WW II. Index Of Assemblies For U. S. Navy Mounts And Turrets
Instruction Pamphlet For Antiaircraft Range Indicator Mark 1, OD 4392, 1942, Antiaircraft-Range-Indicator-Mk1.pdf (481 KB PDF)
, NAVORD OSTD 52, 1955, describes the standards for painting of ordnance, choice of coating, etc. Painting Of Naval Ordnance Equipment
Specification For Paints On Exteriors of Projectiles Purchased By The Navy, O.S. 1351, 1943, proj-color.pdf (556 KB PDF)
Lubrication of Ordnance Equipment, NAVORD OD 3000, 1968, od3000-lubrication-ordnanace.pdf (11.6 MB PDF)
, I.C. Instruction Book No. 703, 1944, documents the Bendix Friez dummy log. Dummy Log
, O.P. 1200, 1953, is a catalog of optical instruments, mostly used in gun fire control. Optical Instruments Data Sheets
, OD 2847, 1944, describes how to dry and charge with nitrogen or helium optical instruments. Methods of Drying and Charging Optical Instruments
, O.P. 1449, 1949, describes the instruments used to align the gun sights with the guns they aim. Boresights and Boresight Telescopes
, O.P. 483, 1923. (5.1 MB PDF) Optical Equipment, Bore-Sight Telescopes Marks VIII, IX, and XIII
, OD 2772, 1950, describes the best practices for installing and removing bayonet (interrupted thread) gun barrels from large guns. Instructions For Assembling And Disassembling Gun Barrels And Housings (Bayonet Joint Type)
, NAVWEPS OP 1591, 1961, describes the safe methods of clearing live ammunition from guns. Clearing of Live Ammunition from Guns
WW II PT Boat:
Know Your PT Boat, 1945. This is an introduction to PT Boats for crews' in training.
Motor Torpedo Boats, Tactical Orders and Doctrine, 1942. This provides insight into how PT Boats where used.
Detail Specifications For Building Motor Torpedo Boats, 1944. This provides the builders specifications for PT 565-624. Numerous details about PT Boats appear in the manual that provide insight to both the technology and the life aboard PT Boats.
0.50-Inch Machine Gun Mounts, Mark 17 Mods. 1 and 2, 1943, covers the manually operated 50 cal turret.
The Dewandre-Elco Power-Operated Machine Gun Turret, covers the PT boat power operated 50 cal turret.
Torpedo Angle Solvers Mark 7 and Mods., Description and Instructions for Use, O.D. 4656, 1943. Describes the circular slide rule used to calculate torpedo gyro angle.
Torpedoes & Depth Charges
, by E.W. Jolie, OP 353W or TD5436, 1978. This provides basic information on most US Navy torpedoes up to 1978 (Submarine, Surface and Air).
A Brief History of U.S. Navy Torpedo Development
, OP 635, 1945, is the basic service manual for the principle U.S.N. steam torpedo of WW II. Torpedoes Mark 14 and 23 Types
Tactical Data For Torpedoes Mark XIV & XIV-1. torp-mk14-tactical.pdf (5.2 MB PDF)
, OP 946, 1943, is the basic service manual for the principle U.S.N. electric torpedo of WW II. U.S. Navy Torpedo Mark 18 (Electric)
Tactical Data For Torpedoes Mark 18. torp-mk18-tactical.pdf (1.6 MB PDF)
, O.D. 8093, describes maintenance for the electric torpedo when carried on war patrol. Maintenance Instructions For Mark 18 and Mods. Torpedoes
, OP 627(A), 1942, is the basic service manual for the principle U.S. torpedo gyro of WW II. U.S. Navy Torpedo Gyroscopes Non-Tumble Type
, NVR 73-50, 1973, describes the update of the Mk 37 torpedo to the C version. Mark 37C Torpedo System Technical Description
, OP 629(A), 1942, covers the primary air dropped U.S.N. torpedo of WW II. U.S. Navy Torpedoes Mark 13, 13-1 & 2
, 1898, is a manual for the most important early torpedoes used by the U.S. Navy. This book covers the 45c/m. x 3.55m. Mark I, Mark II, Mark III and and 45c/m. x 5m. Mark I. The Whitehead Torpedo U.S.N.
, 1898, has the support equipment for the Whitehead torpedo. The drawings of the launching tubes are very rare. The Whitehead Torpedo U.S.N. Compressors and Launching Tubes
The Whitehead Torpedo U.S.N., Notes on Care and Handling
, 1896, is a manual for the first torpedo to be produced in quantity by the U.S. Navy. From 1890-1896 it was used as an antisurface ship torpedo fired from battleships and torpedo-boats. The Howell Torpedo, 14.2 Inches, Mark I.
, 1903, is a manual for an early torpedo purchased by the U.S. Navy. It was used as an antisurface ship torpedo fired from battleships and torpedo-boats. The Schwartzkopff Torpedo U.S.N., Descriptions Nomenclatures and Plates.
, OP 866, 1944, covers the fast sinking U.S.N. depth charge of WW II. Depth Charge, Mark 9 and Modifications
, OP 747, 1943, covers the U.S.N. depth charge from the first half of WW II. Depth Charges, Mark 6, Mark 6 Mod. 1, Mark 7, Mark 7, Mod. 1
Projectors Mark 10 Mod 1 and Mark 11 Mod 0, NAVORD OP 1001, 1962, Covers the Hedgehog depth charge projector of WW II. hedgehog-projector-mk10-mk11.pdf (5.2 MB)
, 1989. A history of the Naval Undersea Warfare Engineering Station, 1914-1989, Lisa Poole with Dianne Robinson. Torpedotown U.S.A.
WW II Merchant Marine:
Intelligence, Recognition Handbook, Photo Interpretation:
, has booklets used in training how to identify ships, aircraft, etc. Much more than just photos and silhouettes.
, TM 30-246, NAVAER 10-35-613, 1954. This manual shows the basics of photo interpretation. Tactical Interpretation of Air Photos
, AFM 200-40, NAVAER 10-35-611, 1954. This manual shows the basics of photo interpretation with the example of Cold War airfields. Photographic Interpretation Keys Airfield Installations
, OPNAV-16-V #34, June 1944 Photographic Interpretations Center Report 34, Japanese Supply Dumps
Joint Doctrine for Amphibious Operations, 2001, jp3_02.pdf (1.6 MB PDF)
Most of these are put in context at ECM MK II Notes
, 1944. This describes the high level US cipher system used from 1941-1959. The manual covers CSP-888, CSP-889, SIGABA, M-134C, CCM (Combined Cipher Machine with British). Also see ECM Mark II Operations Manual , 1949. Operating Instructions for ASAM 1
, FEDB-1, 1945. The strip cipher cipher of WW II. Also known as CSP-845, M-138A. Special Instructions for Using the Strip Cipher Device
, CSP 493, 1926. Also known as CSP-488 and M-94. Instructions for the Cylindrical Cipher Device
, CSP 1272(A). CSP-1270 was a simple, hand, Identification Friend or Foe system used primarily with aircraft during WW II. Instructions for the Use of Aircraft Code No. 16
, 1965. This was a small manual IFF system from WW II. Instructions for PENELOPE Cyrptosystem, Operation and Maintenance of CSP 1750 (KA-2) AND CSP 1756 (KA-3)
, TM-11-380, 1942. Technical Manual Converter M-209
Electricity, Communications, Sonar and Radar:
, 1942. Museum ships stabilizing or restoring their electrical systems will appreciate many parts of the manual. Items such as the proper ways of working with armored cable, lacing, etc. are included.
Unit Course in Marine Electricity
, 1951. Museum ships stabilizing or restoring their electrical systems will appreciate many parts of the manual. Items such as the proper ways of working with armored cable, lacing, etc. are included. Electronic Installation Practices Manual, Chapter 9, Cabling, NAVSHIPS 900171
, NAVSHIPS 900,081, 1945, describes radio and radar transmission lines, cables and waveguides aboard ship. Museum ships stabilizing or restoring their radios or radars systems will appreciate many parts of the manual. Esp. handling radar waveguide. Transmission Lines Waveguides and Fittings
, 1946. An introduction to electronics and naval radio. It covers basic tube electronics in the beginning, then explains the basic operating instructions for typical WW II radios. Introduction to Radio
, 1942, is a training manual that introduces the art of tube radio and sound equipment repair. This included both receivers and transmitters, and the motor generators they use. Notes on Servicing Radio and Sound Equipment
, 1945, is a training manual that focuses on WW II naval transmitters TAJ, TBK, TBL, TDE and TBS. Transmitter Servicing Course 503/4
, 1945. This is a WW II radar operator's manual. It covers the most typical radars of WW II. Radar Operator's Manual
, 1953. This manual describes the peak of WW II US sonar technology with a hint of the coming Cold War innovations. Naval Sonar
, 1943, is a service manual for the preferred U.S. submarine gyro-compass of WW II. This was also used on small surface ships that had fire control, but only one gyro. It is very similar to the Arma Mk 8 Gyro-compass used on larger CA, BB, and CVs. Arma Gyro-compass Mark 7, Mod. 4
, 17-1400D, 1944, is a service manual for the most widely built gyro of WW II. This gyro was used on pretty much any U.S. ship that did not have automated fire control. Gyro-compass Mark XIV, Mod. 1
The Brown Steering Gyro Compass, Handbook, Type "B" Equipment".
brown-gyro-type-b.pdf (4 MB PDF)
, NAVSHIPS 900,116, 1952, is a U.S. Navy catalog of electronics that includes almost all the WW II equipment and some of the early Cold War equipment. Catalogue of Electronic Equipment
Summaries of Data of Radio Equipment, Volume 1, B.R. 333(1) Vol 1, 1971, is a British Navy catalog of radio electronics. br333vol1.pdf (7.9 MB PDF)
Summaries of Data of Radio Equipment Volume 2, B.R. 333(1) Vol 2, 1971, is a British Navy catalog of radar electronics. br333vol2.pdf (7.2 MB PDF)
U.S. Navy Synchros, O.P. 1303. synchros.pdf (6.8 MB PDF)
, 1944, Cutler-Hammer Motor Controllers. Instruction Manual, Control for Shipboard
, DNC 4(A), 1945, is a U.S. Navy list of visual (as compared to radio) call signs used during WW II. Visual Call Sign
, 1944-1945. A monthly magazine created during WW II to spread the best practices in the rapidly developing art of integrating information (particularly radar) for command and control in U.S. Navy ships. Combat Information Center Magazine
Naval Ships' Technical Manual (NSTM):
We have requested the release of more of these from the U.S. Navy. NOTE THAT THESE MAY BE OUT OF DATE. Use them for museum interpretation and background information, but do not directly follow them without checking more current and possibly safer references.
Index and User Guide, 2005
ch001.pdf (110 KB)
Readiness and Care of Inactive Ships, 2005
ch050.pdf (1.4 MB)
ch075.pdf (1.25 MB)
Waterborne Underwater Hull Cleaning of Navy Ships, 2006
ch081.pdf (5.2 MB)
Weights and Stability, 2005
ch096.pdf (387 KB)
Electric Power Distribution Systems, 1998
ch320.pdf (431 KB)
Navigation Systems, Equipment and Aids, 1999
ch420.pdf (409 KB)
Boats and Small Craft, 1998
ch583.pdf (1.75 MB)
Aircraft Elevators, 1997
ch588.pdf (402 KB)
Pollution Control, 1999
ch593.pdf (1.28 MB)
Structural Closures, 2005
ch600-1.pdf (1.9 MB)
Non Structural Closures, 2005
ch600-2.pdf (1.7 MB)
Hull Outfitting Equipment, 2005
ch600-3.pdf (452 KB)
Wire and Fire Rope and Rigging, 1999
ch613.pdf (1.8 MB)
Cargo and Weapons Elevators, 1998
ch772.pdf (1.39 MB)
Relatively Modern Standards and References
NOTE THAT THESE MAY BE OUT OF DATE. Use them for museum interpretation and background information, but do not directly follow them without checking more current and possibly safer references.
Social Usage and Protocol Handbook, 2001
1710_7a.pdf (9 MB)
Naval Telecommunications Procedures, Flags, Pennants & Customs, 1986
ntp13b.pdf (1.5 MB)
US Navy Shipboard Pest Control Program, 2000
sbpc.pdf (5 MB)
Salvors' Handbook, 2000
salvorshandbook.pdf (7.7 MB)
US Navy Towing Manual, 2002
towman.pdf (14.2 MB)
US Navy Underwater Cutting and Welding Manual, 2002
cut_weld.pdf (2.4 MB)
US Navy Diving Manual, 2008
divev6 (18.6 MB)
Protective Coatings and Paints, 2004
ufc_3_190_06.pdf (1.2 MB)
Design: Electrical Engineering Cathodic Protection, 2004
ufc_3_570_02n.pdf (2.7 MB)
Operation and Maintenance: Cathodic Protection Systems, 2003
ufc_3_570_06.pdf (1.1 MB)
Design: Dockside Utilities For Ship Service, 2003
ufc_4_150_02.pdf (7 MB)
Operation and Maintenance: Maintenance of Waterfront Facilities, 2001
ufc_4_150_07.pdf (3 MB)
Inspection of Mooring Hardware, 2001
ufc_4_150_08.pdf (800 KB)
Design: Piers and Wharves, 2005
ufc_4_152_01.pdf (8.6 MB)
Design: Small Craft Berthing Facilities, 2005
ufc_4_152_07n.pdf (1.2 MB)
Design: Moorings, 2005
ufc_4_159_03.pdf (4.8 MB)
Design: Fixed Moorings, 1986
dm26_4.pdf (1 MB)
Design: Fleet Moorings Basic Criteria and Planning Guidelines, 1985
dm26_5.pdf (4.3 MB)
Design: Mooring Design Physical & Empirical Data, 1986
dm26_6.pdf (2.6 MB)
Fleet Mooring Underwater Inspection Guidelines, 1984
fpo-1-84-6.pdf (2.1 MB)
Joint Oil Analysis Program Manual, NAVAIR 17-15-50.4, 2005 - How to test the oil in working machinery.
afd-070730-009 (8.2 MB)
Dept. of the Navy, Records Management Manual, 2007
m5210-1.pdf (5.2 MB)
Dept. of the Navy, Standard Subject Identifical Code (SSIC) Manual, 2005
m5210-2.pdf (1 MB)
Ship Donation Program: Ship Donation Program Manual, 2009
navsea04520-01b.pdf (3.4 MB)
Ship Donation Program: Self Inspection Checklist, 2012
sdipchecklistfy12.pdf (68 KB)
Relatively Modern Training Courses
Although in training course format, these also serve as reference material in their topics. NOTE THAT THESE MAY BE OUT OF DATE. Use them for museum interpretation and background information, but do not directly follow them without checking more current and possibly safer references.
Aerographer's Mate, Module 1-Surface Weather Observations, 1999
aerographer1.pdf (7.4 MB)
Aerographer's Mate, Module 2-Miscellaneous Observation's and Codes, 1999
aerographer2.pdf (4.1 MB)
Aerographer's Mate, Module 3-Environmental Satellites and Weather Radio, 1999
aerographer3.pdf (16.6 MB)
Aerographer's Mate, Module 4-Environmental Communications and Administration, 1999
aerographer4.pdf (3.1 MB)
Aerographer's Mate, Module 5-Basic Meteorology, 2001
aerographer5.pdf (3.1 MB)
Aerographer's Mate 1 & C, 1995
aerographermate.pdf (10.4 MB)
Aviation Electronics Technician 1 (Organizational), 1993
aviationET.pdf (4.6 MB)
Aviation Structural Mechanic (H & S) 3 & 2, 1993
aviationmechHS.pdf (17.4 MB)
Aviation Structural Mechanic E 1 & C, 1991
aviationmechE.pdf (2.3 MB)
Aviation-Power Generation and Distribution, 2001
aviationpower.pdf (1.9 MB)
airman.pdf (10.6 MB)
Aviation Boatswain's Mate E, 2001
aviationboatswainsmateE.pdf (5.8 MB)
Aviation Boatswain's Mate H, 2001
aviationboatswainsmateH.pdf (7.4 MB)
Aviation Ordnanceman, 2001
aviationordnanceman.pdf (7.5 MB)
Basic Military Requirements, 2002
basicmilitaryrequirements.pdf (32.9 MB)
Captivity - The Extreme Circumstance, 2001
captivity.pdf (32.9 MB)
Cargo Specialists' Handbook, 1999
fm55_17_army_cargo.pdf (9 MB)
Construction Electrician Basic, 1998
constelect2.pdf (5.3 MB)
Construction Electrician Intermediate, 1998
constelect2.pdf (8.7 MB)
Damage Controlman, 2001
damagecontrolman.pdf (6.9 MB)
Electronics Technician, Volume 1-Safety, 1997
et1.pdf (1.4 MB)
Electronics Technician, Volume 2-Administration, 1993
et2.pdf (1.9 MB)
Electronics Technician, Volume 3-Communications Systems, 1997
et3.pdf (11.6 MB)
Electronics Technician, Volume 4-Radar Systems, 1993
et4.pdf (824 KB)
Electronics Technician, Volume 5-Navigation Systems, 1994
et5.pdf (1.7 MB)
Electronics Technician, Volume 6-Digital Data Systems, 1997
et6.pdf (15.8 MB)
Electronics Technician, Volume 7-Antennas and Wave Propagation, 1995
et7.pdf (3.1 MB)
Electronics Technician, Volume 8-Support Systems, 1996
et8.pdf (11.6 MB)
Engineman 1 & C, 2001
engineman1.pdf (5.7 MB)
Engineman 2, 1992
engineman2.pdf (4.2 MB)
Fire Controlman, Volume 1-Administration and Safety, 2001
fc1.pdf (19.9 MB)
Fire Controlman, Volume 2-Fire-Control Radar Fundamentals, 2000
fc2.pdf (3.5 MB)
Fire Controlman, Volume 3-Digital Data Systems, 1997
fc3.pdf (17.5 MB)
Fire Controlman, Volume 4-Fire-Control Maintenance Concepts, 1997
fc4.pdf (3.6 MB)
Fire Controlman, Volume 5-Display Systems and Devices, 1997
fc5.pdf (3.4 MB)
Fire Controlman, Volume 6-Digital Communications, 1997
fc6.pdf (2.3 MB)
fireman.pdf (6.5 MB)
Gunner's Mate, 1996
gunnersmate.pdf (25 MB)
Instructional Theory, 1992
instructionaltheory.pdf (4 MB)
Lookout Training Handbook, 2000
lookout.pdf (928 KB)
Operations Specialist Vol. 1, 2000
operationsspecialist1.pdf (8.4 MB)
Opticalman 3 & 2, 1989
opticalman-navedtra-10215.pdf (14.4 MB)
Photography (Basic), 1993
photo1.pdf (19.1 MB)
Photography (Advanced), 1995
photo2.pdf (10.6 MB)
Quartermaster 1 & C, 1995
quartermaster.pdf (17.9 MB)
seaman.pdf (7.6 MB)
Signalman 1 & C, 1996
signalman.pdf (17.1 MB)
Tools, Shop and Repair
NOTE THAT THESE MAY BE OUT OF DATE. Always check your machine manuals and look for more current and possibly safer references.
Basic Machines, 1994
basicmachines.pdf (8.2 MB)
Blueprint Reading and Sketching, 1994
blueprint.pdf (5.5 MB)
Equipment Operator, 1994
equipmentoperator.pdf (23.1 MB)
Fluid Power, 1990
fluidpower.pdf (4.2 MB)
Maintenance and Repair Manual, Ashcroft Gauges
gauge-cal.pdf (5 MB)
Heat Treatment of Steel, 1966
heat-treatment-steel.pdf (4.5 MB)
Machinery Repairman, 1993
machinery-repairman.pdf (15 MB)
Steelworker Vol. 1, 1996
steelworker1.pdf (9.9 MB)
Steelworker Vol. 2, 1996
steelworker2.pdf (10 MB)
Tools and Their Uses, 1992
tools.pdf (18.3 MB)
A great series from the US Army
Machinist, TC 9-524, 1996
machinist.pdf (6.5 MB)
Machine Shop Calcluation, OD1640, Edition 7
machineshopmath.pdf (2 MB)
Precision Measuring and Gaging, OD1642, Edition 8
precision-measuring.pdf (2.2 MB)
Metal Properties, OD1643, Edition 7
metal-properties.pdf (1 MB)
Milling Machine Operations, OD1644, Edition 8
milling-machine.pdf (2 MB)
Lathe Operations, OD1645, Edition 8
lathe.pdf (2.8 MB)
Bandsaw Operations, OD1646, Edition 8
bandsaw.pdf (2.3 MB)
Welding Theory, OD1650, Edition 8
welding-theory.pdf (1.2 MB)
Welding Operations I, OD1651, Edition 8
welding-1.pdf (3.3 MB)
Metal Body Repair, OD1653, Edition 7
metal-body-repair.pdf (2.1 MB)
Welding Operations II, OD1654, Edition 8
welding-2.pdf (2.2 MB)
Navy Electricity and Electronics Training Series (NEETS), 1998.
Relatively modern basic electricity and electronics classes.
Mod-1 Intro. to Matter, Energy, and Direct Current
mod01.pdf (2 MB)
Mod-2 Intro. to Alternating Current and Transformers
mod02.pdf (3.9 MB)
Mod-3 Intro. to Circuit Protection, Control, and Measurement
mod03.pdf (2.4 MB)
Mod-4 Intro. to Electrical Conductors, Wiring Techniques and Schematic Reading
mod04.pdf (1.5 MB)
Mod-5 Intro. to Generators and Motors
mod05.pdf (1.3 MB)
Mod-6 Intro. to Electronic Emissions, Tubes, and Power Supplies
mod06.pdf (1.5 MB)
Mod-7 Intro. to Solid-State Devices and Power Supplies
mod07.pdf (2.4 MB)
Mod-8 Intro. to Amplifiers
mod08.pdf (1.8 MB)
Mod-9 Intro. to Wave-Generation and Wave-Shaping
mod09.pdf (1.8 MB)
Mod-10 Intro. to Wave Propagation, Transmission Lines, and Antennas
mod10.pdf (2.4 MB)
Mod-11 Microwave Principles
mod11.pdf (4.3 MB)
mod12.pdf (1.7 MB)
Mod-13 Intro. to Numbering Systems and Logic
mod13.pdf (1.2 MB)
Mod-14 Intro. to Microelectronics
mod14.pdf (6 MB)
Mod-15 Intro. to Synchros, Servos, and Gyros
mod15.pdf (1.6 MB)
Mod-16 Intro. to Test Equipment
mod16.pdf (1.9 MB)
Mod-17 Radio-Frequency Communications Principles
mod17.pdf (5.6 MB)
Mod-18 Radar Principles
mod18.pdf (1.7 MB)
Mod-19 The Technician's Handbook
mod19.pdf (1.3 MB)
Mod-20 Master Glossary
mod20.pdf (508 KB)
Mod-21 Test Methods and Practices
mod21.pdf (2 MB)
Mod-22 Intro. to Digital Computers
mod22.pdf (3.6 MB)
Mod-23 Magnetic Recording
mod23.pdf (3 MB)
Mod-24 Intro. to Fiber Optics
mod24.pdf (1.7 MB)
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