"In August 1806, startling news arrived at the Court of St. James. Five months before, a Royal Navy squadron had sailed to invade Spain's South American Viceroyality of La Plata. The new Whig government of Lord Grenville had not approved the expedition, but it could do little except wait for more tidings. Then, on September 13, the frigate HMS Narcissus anchored at Plymouth with word that Buenos Aires, La Plata's capital, had fallen! Even better, Narcissus bore more than a million silver Spanish pesos in captured treasure."

--The Battles of Buenos Aires




I have authored or co-authored thirty-nine articles in eleven different publications in three countries. I have also contributed introductions to two of the volumes of the History of United States Operations in World War II by Samuel Eliot Morison. I was also Assistant Editor of World War II at Sea. Santa Barbara, Calif., ABC-CLIO, 2012 and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of World War I Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, Calif., ABC-CLIO, 2014.


 O’Hara, Vincent P.

---. Attack and Sink. World War II. March 2004, 44-48.  Complete article  An Italian torpedo boat caught in the crisis and uncertainty of the armistice of September 1943 engages German naval units fleeing Bastia, Corsica.

---. Defiant Until the End: German Navy in the Channel Islands. World War II. May 2005, 42-48.  The little known naval campaign fought far behind the front lines around the Channel Islands from August 1944 until the war's last day.

---. The Battles of Buenos Aires. MHQ 17(4). Summer 2005, 42-51. In 1806 a British admiral decided to seize Buenos Aires, the capital of the Spanish viceroyalty of La Plata.

---. A Most Remarkable Effort: The Battle of Balikpapan. Pacific War. 2(2) 2005, 3-7. The U.S. Navy's first surface engagement of World War II against the Japanese was a victory. 

---. USS Midway. Warship 2005. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2005. 185-188. A pictorial of the San Diego Aircraft Museum based on the USS Midway.

---. The Royal Navy’s Revenge. World War II. May 2006, 50-56.  The last surface engagement of the Pacific War was fought in the Indian Ocean by the Royal Navy against the Japanese. 

---.Ironclad Huáscar's Mastery in the Guano War. MHQ 19(1). Autumn 2006, 84-93.  The War of the Pacific was one of the first strategic naval wars of the industrial age, and one of the first to be dominated by the ironclad warship. 

---. La battaglia delle isole Komandorski.  STORIA Militare (158). November 2006, 38-48. Translated by Piera Marconi.  

---.Author's Perspective. World War II Quarterly (4)1. May 2007, 56-59. A discussion of the rationale behind The U.S. Navy Against the Axis.  Complete article

---. Mystery Battle off Imperia, 1 October 1944. World War II Quarterly (4)2. August 2007. 24-33. A little documented destroyer action off the Italian Rivera coast .

---. Destroyers off Sidon: The Marine Nationale against the Royal Navy. The Tin Can Sailor (32)1. January-February-March 2008. 1-3. The naval campaign off the Syrian coast in June 1941. 

---.  The Action off Calabria and the Myth of Moral Ascendancy. Warship 2008. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2008. 26-39. A detailed treatment of the action which argues that the battle did not establish moral ascendancy as claimed by British historians

---. The Unintended Revolution. MHQ 21(2) Winter 2009, 62-71. The first Mexican war of liberation, 1810-1821, focusing on Hidalgo's initial campaigns.

---. America's Historian Takes Casablanca. American in WWII  7(1),May-June 2011, 26-35. 

---. The Battle of Casablanca: The Marine Nationale versus the US Navy. Warship 2011. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2011, 48-63. These two articles, which came out within a month of each other treat a important and little studied action fought by the U.S. Navy during the invasion of French Morocco.

---. “Risk vs. Reward off the Italian Rivera.” Naval History 27(5). October 2013, 56-61.

---. “Landing the Troops . . . Across the RhineNaval History (29)2. April 2015, 34-41.

---. "Lessons from a Lost Fleet. Naval History (31)3. June 2017, 48-53.

---. "A Sailor's Letters Home." Naval History (31)4. August 2017, 44-59.

O’Hara, Vincent P. and Enrico Cernuschi.

---. Unknown Victory. World War II. March 2006, 36-41. In 1943 the Italian and British navies fought many sharp actions on the infamous "Route of Death" the convoy lane between Tunisia and Sicily. 

---. The World's Worst Warships: Round Three. Warship 2006. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2006. 158-163. A rationalization of the Italian Condotteri cruisers.

---. Red Sea Naval War. WWII History. March 2010. 54-59.

---. The Other Ultra: Signal Intelligence and the Battle to Supply Rommel's Attack toward Suez. Naval War College Review, Summer 2013, Vol 66, No. 3, 117-138.  Complete Article

---. Frogmen Against a Fleet: The Italian Attack on Alexandria 18/19 December 1941. Naval War College Review, Summer 2015, Vol 68 No. 3, 119-137. Complete Article

Heinz, Leonard and Vincent O'Hara. "Surface Actions of the Great War and What They Tell Us." Warship 2017. London: Conway, 2017..

Cernuschi, Enrico and Vincent O’Hara.

---. A Century Long Dream: Single Purpose Engine Submarines of the Italian Navy. Warship 2004. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2004. 76-91. The Italian navy's century long quest to build a "true" submarine.

---. The Star-Crossed Split: the Troubled Story of an Unlucky Flagship. Warship 2005. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2005. 97-110. The interesting story of the Yugoslavian destroyer Split, which served in four navies before ever completing construction.

---. The Breakout Fleet: the Oceanic Programs of the Italian Navy. Warship 2006. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2006. 86-101. The tormented development of the secret naval programs, ships and strategic doctrine the Regia Marina conceived during the 1930s to confront British power East of Suez.

---. Italy and the Pacific War. World War II Quarterly. Vol. 3 No. 1, 2006. 14-19. Italy's largely unknown involvement in the Pacific War.  Complete article

---. The Search for a Flattop: The Italian Navy and the Aircraft Carrier, 1907-2007. Warship 2007. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2007. 61-80. The Italian navy's carrier designs and their ultimate realization. 

---. The Aircraft Carrier Cavour: Doctrine and Sea Power in the Italian Navy. Seaforth World Naval Review 2009. Barnsley, England:  Seaforth Publishing, 2009. 116-131.

---. Taranto: the Raid and the Aftermath. Warship 2010. London: Conway, 2010. 77-95. A new look at the November 1940 air raid on Taranto with a focus on the salvage operations.

---. Mas Contro Destroyers.  STORIA Militare (213). June 2011, 16-26. About a little know action off the French Rivera coast. In Italian. 

---. Italy: The Marina Militare: A Well-balanced Force in Time of Crisis. Seaforth World Naval Review 2013. Barnsley, England:  Seaforth Publishing, 2012. 79-89.

---.Toulon: The Self-destruction and Salvage of the French Fleet. Warship 2013. London: Conway, 2013. 132-46.

---. The Naval War in the Adriatic Part 1. 1914-1916. Warship 2015. London: Conway, 2015. 161-173.

---. The Naval War in the Adriatic Part 2. 1917-1918. Warship 2016. London: Conway, 2016. 62-75.

Erminio Bagnasco, Enrico Cernuschi, and Vincent O’Hara.

---. Italian Fast Coastal Forces: Development, Doctrine and Campaigns, 1914-1986: Part One: from the Beginning to 1934. Warship 2008. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2008. 85-98.

---. Italian Fast Coastal Forces: Development, Doctrine and Campaigns, 1914-1986: Part Two: World War II to the End. Warship 2009. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2009.


Morison, Samuel Eliot. History of United States Naval Operations in World War II, Volume 2. Operations in North African Waters. October 1942-June 1943.  Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2009. New Introduction by Vincent P. O'Hara

Morison, Samuel Eliot. History of United States Naval Operations in World War II, Volume 6. Breaking the Bismarcks Barrier. 22 July 1942- 1 May 1943.  Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2010. New Introduction by Vincent P. O'Hara




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