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69 years ago today….. June 3, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Society.
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….one of the most decisive naval battles in history began in and around Midway Atoll in the central Pacific.  The decisive strategic and tactical victory reduced the Japanese fleet to parity with the USN in the Pacific, and paved the way for the wresting of strategic initiative from the Japanese in the hellish Solomon Islands campaign.  The attrition warfare in the Solomon Islands doomed any chance for Japanese victory, and paved the way for the runaway string of dominance from early 1943 on for US forces in the Pacific.

The best book to read on the Battle of Midway is Shattered Sword by Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully.

Midway Atoll 1942SBD Dauntless dive bombers from CV-8 HornetSBD Dauntless dive bombers from CV-8 Hornet

 

The Japanese Combined Fleet, Nihon Kaigun, lost 4 carriers at Midway – Akagi, Soryu, Hiryu, and Kaga.  The USN lost the great USS Yorktown (CV-5), which had been badly damaged at Coral Sea, miraculously patched back together at Pearl Harbor, and then hit once, put out of commission, fought back to full fighting trim, and finally hit again, put out of commission, almost saved, only to be sunk by a submarine torpedo.  Her wreck was found in 1998.

Every once in a while I like to rant on naval history!  Sue me!

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