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.
|Publisher:||Yale University Press|
|Series:||Yale Library of Military History|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|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, 194145. Among his previous books are The Fruited Plain: Fables for a Postmodern Democracy and In Plato’s Cave, both published by Yale University Press.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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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