WASHINGTON — A number of Naval History and Heritage Command’s publications are now available as eBooks. Those wishing to know more about their Navy’s history and heritage can now download several books on mobile devices — for free!
These volumes from The U.S. Navy and the Vietnam War series are the first NHHC publications available in two free formats users can download. Currently available are:
- The Approaching Storm: Conflict in Asia, 1945–1965;
- The Battle Behind Bars: Navy and Marine POWs in the Vietnam War;
- Navy Medicine in Vietnam: Passage to Freedom to the Fall of Saigon;
- Nixon's Trident: Naval Power in Southeast Asia, 1968–1972.
Readers of U.S. Navy history can download free copies of the above listed publication from NHHC’s website here.The eBooks are available as MOBI version for Kindle devices and the EPUB version for most other readers.
This is a major leap forward in NHHC’s effort to improve access to its content and history holdings. Between 2009–2010, the command only offered four publications available for download and only in PDF forms. With these releases, NHHC enables the command to better meet its goals of providing access to its published information and content. There are future plans to make other NHHC publication available.
NHHC publications are frequently held by university and large public libraries, where they are available for reading and check-out. Items not available at your local library can generally be obtained using interlibrary loan. Researchers are encouraged to consult the staff of their local library if they are unable to locate these publications.
The Naval History and Heritage Command, located at the Washington Navy Yard, is responsible for the preservation, analysis, and dissemination of U.S. naval history and heritage. It provides the knowledge foundation for the Navy by maintaining historically relevant resources and products that reflect the Navy's unique and enduring contributions throughout our nation's history, and supports the Fleet by assisting with and delivering professional research, analysis, and interpretive services. NHHC is composed of many activities including the Navy Department Library, the Navy Operational Archives, the Navy art and artifact collections, underwater archeology, Navy histories, nine museums, USS Constitution repair facility and the historic ship Nautilus.