The slide recognition method of training top-side battle-station personnel on board ship and all aircraft personnel was developed during World War II. Collection consists of 493 35mm black and white slides of World War II battleships, submarines, and aircraft in use by the United States, Great Britain, and Japan.
The importance of training top-side battle-station personnel on board ship and all aircraft personnel in visual recognition of ships and aircraft became even more evident during World War II. Mistakes resulting in costly errors and loss of life led to an increased emphasis on recognition as a vital skill. In 1942 a Recognition School was established by the Navy at Ohio State University where the method of identification using slides was developed. In 1943 the school was taken over by the US Navy.
Source of Acquisition
Acquired from Robert Beasecker in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, and by University Libraries purchases.
Alternative Format Available
A portion of this collection has been digitized and is available electronically in our Digital Collection.
Seidman House 1 Campus Drive
[Identification of item], Naval recognition slides (RHC-50). Special Collections & University Archives, Grand Valley State University Libraries. https://gvsu.lyrasistechnology.org/repositories/2/resources/477 Accessed December 15, 2017.