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Midway Inquest : Why the Japanese Lost the Battle of Midway - Dallas W. Isom

Midway Inquest

Why the Japanese Lost the Battle of Midway

Hardcover Published: 19th July 2007
ISBN: 9780253349040
Number Of Pages: 432

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Midway, the most famous naval battle in American history, has been the subject of many excellent books. However, none satisfactorily explain why the Japanese lost that battle, given their overwhelming advantage in firepower. While no book may ever silence debate on the subject, Midway Inquest answers the central mystery of the battle. Why could the Japanese not get a bomber strike launched against the American carrier force before being attacked and destroyed by American dive bombers from the Enterprise and Yorktown? Although it is well known that the Japanese were unable to launch an immediate attack because their aircraft were in the process of changing armament, why wasn't the rearming operation reversed and an attack launched before the American planes arrived? Based on extensive research in Japanese primary records, Japanese literature on the battle, and interviews with over two dozen Japanese veterans from the carrier air groups, this book solves the mystery at last.

"Even Nelson's victory at Trafalgar and Togo's at Tsushima Strait - where outnumbered naval forces also won spectacular victories - pale in comparison with the most striking aspect of the Battle of Midway: the lethal damage that determined the outcome was done during a two-minute period when three of the four Japanese aircraft carriers were set ablaze by American dive bombers" fromMidway Inquest

Why This Inquest
Prelude
The Run-up to Midway
The Fatal Decision
Gamble Lost
To Launch or Not to Launch
Ironies
Denouement
Aftermath
Post-mortem
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ISBN: 9780253349040
ISBN-10: 0253349044
Series: Twentieth-Century Battles
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 19th July 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.84
Edition Type: Annotated