Midway: Dauntless Victory: A re-examination of America's greatest naval victory of World War II.

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This is an in-depth study of the battle of Midway that reviews the many previous accounts and compares their accuracy and veracity with fresh documentation that has been released recently, including new material on the post-war analysis made by a US select committee. There are new viewpoints on the muddle among the US Admirals; the total failure of the USAAF, despite elaborate claims; fresh thinking on the part played by the US Navy Dauntless dive-bombers in the action; the mystery of the carrier Saratoga's ...
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Midway: Dauntless Victory: A Re-Examination of America's Seminal Naval Victory of World War II

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Overview

This is an in-depth study of the battle of Midway that reviews the many previous accounts and compares their accuracy and veracity with fresh documentation that has been released recently, including new material on the post-war analysis made by a US select committee. There are new viewpoints on the muddle among the US Admirals; the total failure of the USAAF, despite elaborate claims; fresh thinking on the part played by the US Navy Dauntless dive-bombers in the action; the mystery of the carrier Saratoga's presence; Hollywood's totally wrong take on the battle in all the films since made about it. Also, included are new eyewitness accounts the author has obtained and information from Japanese sources that has never been previously published.

The lengthy Appendices will include statistical details of the ships, the planes and the men.

REVIEWS

“…meticulous research can not be denied… different research methods Smith employed brought together a great account of the battle. Needless to say, this is a book that I will recommend.”
World War II Database, 06/2008

"…an impressive volume of wartime history… should make a worthy addition to any naval history library…"
US Naval Institute, 06/2008

"…separates reality from the myths…a fascinating read. …a major contribution to maritime history…"
The Northern Mariner, 08/2008

“…the most thorough look at the Midway battle that has ever been done and a book that is a must for any nautical enthusiast.”
Model Madness, 08/2008

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Editorial Reviews

The Northern Mariner
. . . separates reality from the myths . . . a fascinating read. . . . a major contribution to maritime history . . .
World War II Database
. . . meticulous research can not be denied . . . different research methods Smith employed brought together a great account of the battle. Needless to say, this is a book that I will recommend.
US Naval Institute
. . . an impressive volume of wartime history . . . should make a worthy addition to any naval history library . . .
Model Madness
. . . the most thorough look at the Midway battle that has ever been done and a book that is a must for any nautical enthusiast.
Axis History Factbook
. . . deeply researched . . . quite exciting even though all the time you knew the end.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844155835
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 4/25/2008
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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    Posted November 30, 2012

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  • Posted September 1, 2014

    Excellent overview of the Aircraft Victor

    Thoughtful examination of the aircraft involved in multiple attacks on the Japanese attacking fleet. Right place, right time, right aircraft, right pilots and crew brought stunning defeat to supremely confident attacking fleet. Lots of detail for the armchair historian to enhance overall understanding of the battle ebb and flow. Highly recommended.

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    Posted July 21, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2008

    The Most Useful and Excellent Book on the Air Battle at Midway

    More than 60 years after the Battle of Midway, new books reveal truths and refute myths about the fight that changed the Pacific war¿s tide. In 2005, Parshall and Tully¿s Shattered Sword, raised our knowledge, and now we have a British history that analyzes that struggle with even more complete detail, and an objectivity that only an outsider could offer. Biographies of nearly all the leaders and pilots are provided in more relevant detail and critical frankness than American publishers would dare. Most of the 97 photos of aircraft and men have not been seen before in books, and strong captions are grouped together for easy reference. Very complete comparisons of aircraft and ships are provided, and descriptions of how Navy planes had to find their way to and from moving targets and ships may stun the GPS generation. Some readers may want to skip those details of the Zero¿s radio and arresting gear. Especially valuable aircrew battle impressions often contradict each other, showing why an old war history axiom reminds us that someone actually present in a fight only sees what is in his view. Young people incompletely trained and in their first fight are likely to be mistaken, like those who said they saw Messerschmitts at Midway. Many historians seem to be seduced by hindsight, not remembering that war success, as well as failure, comes from taking risks. Failure to understand the enemy frustrates many paper plans. Technical errors happen the SBD-3¿s twin flexible mounts were M-2. 30-caliber quickly put out in 1942. The twin .303 caliber mounts were RAF guns fitted to another Douglas bomber, the DB-7B. Computer keyboards caused confusion among B-24/25 and B-26A references. Midway Dauntless Victory is the most useful single book about that air battle, since careful references and thorough operational comparisons make it possible to trace each issue to the source. Ray Wagner ¿ San Diego Air & Space Museum ¿ March 27, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2008

    Gripping historical account

    This book reads like a novel if you ignore the voluminous footnotes and tables, and just follow the narrative. It is an exciting story about high level intrigue and inept command decisions that lead to a long list of tragic events, losses of life and aircraft. As in any good historical novel the crisis is reached when all the inhabitanats of the wagon train are about to be annihilated. Then the cavalry gallops over the horizon to save the day. In this case it was the intrepid dive bombers who risked their lives to save the United States Navy's fleet and bring th4e story to a happy ending. It's a fun read if you just stick to the narrative. The rest is for history buffs. A good novel begs for the sequel. I have read several books about the Battle of Midway but this is the first time I have found mention of the Navy's internal intrigue pre war and during the early days of WW II. Sounds like the Army's Billy Mitchell controversy trying to establish the power of aviation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2008

    Almost the perfect Battle of Midway book

    It seems at this late date that there is little point in trying to retell the much-told story of the Battle of Midway, the subject of numerous well-written books that have already covered the subject thoroughly. Thus, Peter Smith¿s new book initially struck me as a pointless exercise in restating what has already been stated, or so I thought. Well, I was wrong. Smith has managed to pull off the unexpected in producing a new account of the battle that pretty much surpasses the scope of anything previously seen in this category. In simple terms, the extent of his research in both the U.S. and Japan and the total effort he put into the project are truly amazing. That¿s not to say that this is the perfect book on the Battle of Midway, which has yet to be written. To be sure, Smith¿s perspectives on the battle are extremely well founded and should, for the most part, resonate well with almost anyone who does not have already have a very thorough knowledge of it. But for those who do, the book does have several relatively minor misstatements of fact or interpretation that are subject to correction or at least debate. There are also an inordinate number of typographical and structural errors in the text that should have been fixed in the editing process. But the good news is that those criticisms do not significantly detract from an immense body of work that, on balance, is still one of the very best Midway histories ever produced. I¿d give it four and a half stars here were that possible, but since it isn¿t, I reluctantly have to call it four. Absent the arguable assertions and numerous typos, this indeed would be an outstanding, five-star book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2008

    A New Look at a Major Battle of WW II

    Peter Smith¿s controversial research will evoke lively discussion among students of the Battle of Midway. The English historian¿s fresh view of the battle reviews the facts objectively and examines the international ramifications of the battle. His coverage of the world wide importance of Midway in setting the high tide of Axis expansion supports Robert Morgenthau¿s assertion in his Newsweek article that the State of Israel could not have been founded if the Japanese had been victorious at Midway.

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