The Unknown Battle of Midway: The Destruction of the American Torpedo Squadrons

The Unknown Battle of Midway: The Destruction of the American Torpedo Squadrons

by Alvin Kernan
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The Unknown Battle of Midway: The Destruction of the American Torpedo Squadrons by Alvin Kernan

The Battle of Midway is considered the greatest U.S. naval victory, but behind the luster is the devastation of the American torpedo squadrons. Of the 51 planes sent to attack Japanese carriers only 7 returned, and of the 127 aircrew only 29 survived. Not a single torpedo hit its target.
A story of avoidable mistakes and flawed planning, The Unknown Battle of Midway reveals the enormous failures that led to the destruction of four torpedo squadrons but were omitted from official naval reports: the planes that ran out of gas, the torpedoes that didn’t work, the pilots who had never dropped torpedoes, and the breakdown of the attack plan. Alvin Kernan, who was present at the battle, has written a troubling but persuasive analysis of these and other little-publicized aspects of this great battle. The standard navy tactics for carrier warfare are revealed in tragic contrast to the actual conduct of the battle and the after-action reports of the ships and squadrons involved.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300128314
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Series: Yale Library of Military History
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 330,556
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Alvin Kernan is Avalon University Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, Princeton University. He served in the U.S. Navy, 1941–45. Among his previous books are The Fruited Plain: Fables for a Postmodern Democracy and In Plato’s Cave, both published by Yale University Press.

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Unknown Battle of Midway: The Destruction of the American Torpedo Squadrons 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
scifijoe More than 1 year ago
The biggest problem with this book is that the publisher refused to grant the rights to show any pictures in the book. The book itself is not bad and gives a look into life on board the aircraft carriers berfore, during and after Midway. but without pictures this book is worthless.
JJAudubon More than 1 year ago
An excellent book by a veteran of the battle. Kernan, was a torpedoman's mate on Enterprise during the battle who later became a distinguished professor. He does not sugar coat the US victory in which courage and determination overcame often-flawed leadership, inadequate weapons / training (i.e. the TBD Devastator and Mk.13 torpedo), and the fog of war. The sacrifice of the torpedo bomber squadrons deserves this history. No understanding of Midway is complete without this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why isn't anyone commenting? I bet you guys aren't history fans but you should read it. NOOOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!!! < > - ----