Midway 1942: Turning point in the Pacific

Midway 1942: Turning point in the Pacific


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Midway 1942: Turning point in the Pacific by Mark Stille, Howard Gerrard

In 1993 Osprey Publishing released the 30th volume in its now legendary Campaign series, entitled, Midway 1942: Turning Point in the Pacific. Now, 17 years later, Osprey brings readers up-to-date with the latest scholarship on this important Pacific War battle of World War II (1939-1945).

The new edition clarifies many of the mythsof the battle. For example:

- the contention that the Americans were outnumbered (overall true, but not where it mattered between the two carrier forces)

- that the Aleutians operation was a diversion for the Midway operation

- that thesacrifice of the American torpedobombers was a key to victory

- that the battle resulted in high Japanese aircrew losses

- that the battle was a victory of superior intelligence

- that the battle was the decisive battle of the Pacific War (Guadalcanal was a much more strategically important victory for the Americans)

Campaign 226 gives an accurate order of battle for both sides. It provides a detailed description and critique of the Japanese plan and describes how it had a profound influence on the outcome of the battle. It also provides a fresh description and analysis of the weapons, aircrew, and doctrine of the opposing carrier air arms. The new book has a complete set of new pictures which are keyed to the narrative.

Osprey's crack cartography team has provided three brand-new 3-D “birds-eye-view maps” that help readers visualize the air war like never before.And war illustrator, Howard Gerrard, has turned in three stunning new 2-page battle scenes depicting the attack on the USS Yorktown by Hiryu torpedo planes, the attack on Hiryu by American dive-bombers, and the US attack of Japanese heavy cruiser Mikuma.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846035012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/21/2010
Series: Campaign
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 409,969
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Mark E. Stille (Commander, United States Navy, retired) received his BA in history from the University of Maryland and also holds an MA from the Naval War College. He has worked in the intelligence community for 30 years including tours on the faculty of the Naval War College, on the Joint Staff and on US Navy ships. He is currently a senior analyst working in the Washington DC area. He is the author of numerous Osprey titles, focusing on naval history in the Pacific. He is also the author of several wargames. The author lives in Dunn Loring, VA.

Table of Contents

Origins of the Campaign 5

Chronology 9

Opposing Commanders 12


The US Navy

Opposing Fleets 16

The IJN carrier force

The US Navy carrier force

Orders of battle

Opposing Plans 33

The Japanese plan: Yamamoto gets his way

The US plan

The Battle of Midway 41

Opening moves

The Japanese strike Midway

The carrier battle of June 4 Midway attacks the 1st Kido Butai

Nagumo's dilemma

Fletcher's situation The decisive phase

The Japanese response

Hiryu retaliates Tomonaga attacks Yorktown

The death of Hiryu

Yamamoto's dilemma Yorktown's ordeal

Spruance's battle

The pursuit phase

The accounting

The Aftermath 92

Further Reading 94

Index 95

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