The Battle of Midway: The Naval Institute Guide to the U.S. Navy's Greatest Victory

The Battle of Midway: The Naval Institute Guide to the U.S. Navy's Greatest Victory

by Thomas C. Hone

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The Battle of Midway: The Naval Institute Guide to the U.S. Navy's Greatest Victory by Thomas C. Hone

The best way for today’s sailors to learn about a battle is from those who fought it. The Battle of Midway, commemorated annually in the U.S. Navy, warrants close attention. This Naval Institute guide includes some of the most vibrant and informed accounts by individuals who fought on both sides of the June 1942 battle. The anthology pulls together memoirs, articles, excerpts from other Naval Institute books, and relevant government documents to help readers understand what happened and explain why the battle was so significant to the naval service. The core of the book focuses on events leading up to the battle and the battle itself, with a separate section examining how others have interpreted the battle’s often desperate engagements.

When the U.S. Navy stopped the Japanese steamroller off Midway Island, it not only turned the progress of the war but set the Navy’s foundation for future counter offensives. The Navy’s comeback spread led to the Solomon Islands and on to the other key strategic areas in the Pacific. While many know that Midway was a crucial American victory, they often do not know the details of the battle. This book tells how, for example, the American PT boats contributed to the victory, how the carrier planes formed up for their attacks, and what role radar played in the battle. In addition to excerpts from books and articles, the guide includes selections from several important Naval Institute oral histories. From the enlisted man’s perspective all the way to the admiral’s, for both Americans and Japanese, readers see the U.S. Navy’s greatest victory as the participants saw it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612511320
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 540,468
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Thomas C. Hone is a former senior executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and a former member of the faculty of the Naval War College. He is the author or co-author of three books on naval administration and innovation, the co-author of a book on the Navy between World Wars I and II, and an award winning author of articles and essays on naval and military affairs. He resides in Arlington, VA.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Help for Readers xvii

General Chronology xix

Introduction LCDR Thomas J. Cutler 1

Part I Midway Anthology 3

Chapter 1 Akagi, Famous Japanese Carrier Walton L. Robinson 5

Chapter 2 Attacking a Continent Mark R. Peattie 24

Chapter 3 Time Is Everything (Japanese Side) John B. Lundstrom 26

Chapter 4 Midway Island Operation Plan Mitsuo Fuchida Masatake Okumiya 31

Part II Approach to Midway 35

Chapter 5 Sortie from Hashirajima Mitsuo Fuchida Masatake Okumiya 37

Chapter 6 Mobile Force Commander's Estimate of the Situation, translated Fred Woodrough Jr. 44

Chapter 7 Time Is Everything (American Side) John B. Lundstrom 46

Chapter 8 Soaring Mark R. Peattie 51

Chapter 9 Prelude to Midway Mitsuo Fuchida Masatake Okumiya 53

Chapter 10 Opening Shots John B. Lundstrom 65

Chapter 11 Forging the Thunderbolt Mark R. Peattie 71

Chapter 12 Preparing to Defend Midway E. B. Potter 74

Chapter 13 Lest We Forget: Civilian Yard Workers LCDR Thomas J. Cutler 78

Part III The Battle 81

Chapter 14 Out in Front at Midway, compiled Dr. Fred H. Allison 85

Chapter 15 Torpedo Squadron 8, the Other Chapter LT H. H. Ferrier 91

Chapter 16 The Lone Avenger Rich Pedroncelli 91

Chapter 17 Report of Incidents in Connection with Participation of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron One in the Battle of Midway Island, 4-6 June, 1942 LTJG H. S. Parker Jr. 104

Chapter 18 Mounting the TF-16 Strike John B. Lundstrom 108

Chapter 19 Five Fateful Minutes at Midway Mitsuo Fuchida Masatake Okumiya 111

Chapter 20 Flying into a Beehive ADM John S. "Jimmie" ThachIS

Chapter 21 Moment at Midway: McClusky's Decision 127

Chapter 22 The Battle of Midway I: The Most God-Awful Luckiest Coordinated Attack John B. Lundstrom 131

Chapter 23 "Flags" at Midway Thomas B. Allen 135

Chapter 24 "We Weren't Going to Go Off and Leave the Ship": Oral History of Frank Fabian, interview with Dr. Evelyn Cherpak, from the Oral History Collection of the Naval War College 142

Chapter 25 I Sank the Yorktown at Midway Yahachi Tanabe Joseph D. Harrington 147

Chapter 26 Incredible Midway LCDR Thomas E. Powers 156

Chapter 27 Comment and Discussion: "Incredible Midway," J. D. Harrington 169

Chapter 28 Sweating Out the Strike John B. Lundstrom 171

Chapter 29 Lost Letter of Midway CAPT Bruce R. Linder 173

Part IV The End of the Battle 185

Chapter 30 Finale John B. Lundstrom 187

Part V The Official Report of the Battle 195

Chapter 31 Battle Experience from Pearl Harbor to Midway, December 1941 to June 1942 United States Fleet, Headquarters of the Commander in Chief, from Navy Department Library, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC 197

Chapter 32 "This Was All Happening So Fast": Oral History of RADM Ernest M. Eller, USN, interviewed John T Mason Jr. 215

Part VI The Commanders 217

Chapter 33 Admiral Nimitz and the Battle of Midway E. B. Potter 219

Chapter 34 Excerpt from Nimitz E. B. Potter 231

Chapter 35 Chester W. Nimitz: Victory in the Pacific John B. Lundstrom 234

Chapter 36 Commentary on RADM Raymond A. Spruance Thomas C. Hone 247

Chapter 37 Harsh Lessons John B. Lundstrom 252

Chapter 38 Enemy Carriers John B. Lundstrom 255

Chapter 39 Mitscher and the Mystery of Midway Craig L. Symonds 259

Part VII The Code-Breaking 267

Chapter 40 Code-Breaking before Midway Elliot Carlson 269

Chapter 41 America Deciphered Our Code, translated RADM Edwin T. Layton 273

Chapter 42 Freedom of the Press or Treason? Grant Sanger 277

Part VIII Assessments of the Battle 281

Chapter 43 Foreword to Midway, The Battle That Doomed Japan ADM Raymond A. Spruance 281

Chapter 44 Underappreciated Victory James Schlesinger 286

Chapter 45 The Great Midway Crapshoot Lee Gaillard 291

Chapter 46 Comment and Discussion: The Great Midway Crapshoot CAPT Chris Johnson 297

Chapter 47 A Tactical Model of Carrier warfare CAPT Wayne P Hughes Jr. 299

Chapter 48 Midway: The Decisive Battle? Geoffrey Till 305

Chapter 49 Descending in Flame Mark R. Peattie 312

Chapter 50 Midway: The Story That Never Ends Thomas B. Allen 314

Chapter 51 Identifying Kaga Jonathan Parshall Anthony Tully David Dickson 322

Chapter 52 Book Review of Peter C Smith, Midway: Dauntless Victory: Fresh Perspectives on Americas Seminal Naval Victory of World War II, reviewed CWO Ronald W Russell 325

Chapter 53 Midway Is Our Trafalgar CDR Brian Fort 327

Appendixr A USS Enterprise Action Report, 8 June 1942 335

Appendixr B RADM R. A. Spruance' Letter of 8 June 1942 to RADM F. J Fletcher 341

Appendixr C Aircraft Names 343

Notes 345

Selected Bibliography 347

Index 351

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