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

Author: Thomas Hone; United States Naval Institute.
Publisher: Annapolis, Maryland : Naval Institute Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Personal narratives, American
Personal narratives, Japanese
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Hone; United States Naval Institute.
ISBN: 9781612511269 1612511260
OCLC Number: 827120201
Description: xx, 360 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I Midway Anthology 3 --
Chapter 1 Akagi, Famous Japanese Carrier, by Walton L. Robinson, from Proceedings 5 --
Chapter 2 Attacking a Continent, by Mark R. Peattie, from Sunburst, The Rise of Japanese Naval Air Power, 1909-1941 24 --
Chapter 3 Time Is Everything (Japanese Side), by John B. Lundstrom, from Black Shoe Carrier Admiral 26 --
Chapter 4 Midway Island Operation Plan, by Mitsuo Fuchida and Masatake Okumiya, from Midway, The Battle That Doomed Japan 31 --
Part II Approach to Midway 35 --
Chapter 5 Sortie from Hashirajima, by Mitsuo Fuchida and Masatake Okumiya, from Midway, The Battle That Doomed Japan 37 --
Chapter 6 Mobile Force Commander's Estimate of the Situation, translated by Fred Woodrough Jr., Office of Naval Communications, from The Japanese Story of the Battle of Midway (translation) 44 --
Chapter 7 Time Is Everything (American Side), by John B. Lundstrom, from Black Shoe Carrier Admiral 46 --
Chapter 8 Soaring, by Mark R. Peattie, from Sunburst, The Rise of Japanese Naval Air Power, 1909-1941 51 --
Chapter 9 Prelude to Midway, by Mitsuo Fuchida and Masatake Okumiya, from Proceedings 53 --
Chapter 10 Opening Shots, by John B. Lundstrom, from The First Team 65 --
Chapter 11 Forging the Thunderbolt, by Mark R. Peattie, from Sunburst, The Rise of Japanese Naval Air Power, 1909-1941 71 --
Chapter 12 Preparing to Defend Midway, by E.B. Potter, from Nimitz 74 --
Chapter 13 Lest We Forget: Civilian Yard Workers, by LCDR Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Ret.), from Proceedings 78 --
Part III The Battle 81 --
Chapter 14 Out in Front at Midway, compiled by Dr. Fred H. Allison, from Naval History 85 --
Chapter 15 Torpedo Squadron 8, the Other Chapter, by LT H.H. Ferrier, USN, from Proceedings 91 --
Chapter 16 The Lone Avenger, by Rich Pedroncelli, from Naval History 97 --
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, by LTJG H.S. Parker Jr., USNR, from Naval War College Archives 104 --
Chapter 18 Mounting the TF-16 Strike, by John B. Lundstrom, from Black Shoe Carrier Admiral 108 --
Chapter 19 Five Fateful Minutes at Midway, by Mitsuo Fuchida and Masatake Okumiya, from Proceedings 111 --
Chapter 20 Flying into a Beehive, by ADM John S. "Jimmie" Thach, USN (Ret.), from Naval History 118 --
Chapter 21 Moment at Midway: McClusky's Decision, from Proceedings 127 --
Chapter 22 The Battle of Midway I: The Most God-Awful Luckiest Coordinated Attack, by John B. Lundstrom, from Black Shoe Carrier Admiral 131 --
Chapter 23 "Flags" at Midway, by Thomas B. Allen, from Naval History 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 Yorktoum. at Midway, by Yahachi Tanabe, with Joseph D. Harrington, from Proceedings 147 --
Chapter 26 Incredible Midway, by LCDR Thomas E. Powers, USNR, from Proceedings 156 --
Chapter 27 Comment and Discussion: "Incredible Midway," by J.D. Harrington, JOC, USN, and LTCOL R.E. Barde, USMC, from Proceedings 169 --
Chapter 28 Sweating Out the Strike, by John B. Lundstrom, from Black Shoe Carrier Admiral 171 --
Chapter 29 Lost Letter of Midway, by CAPT Bruce R. Linder, USN (Ret.), from Proceedings 173 --
Part IV The End of the Battle 185 --
Chapter 30 Finale, by John B. Lundstrom, from Black Shoe Carrier Admiral 187 --
Part V The Official Report of the Battle 195 --
Chapter 31 Battle Experience from Pearl Harbor to Midway, December 1941 to June 1942, by 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 by John T. Mason Jr., from U.S. Naval Institute 215 --
Part VI The Commanders 217 --
Chapter 33 Admiral Nimitz and the Battle of Midway, by E.B. Potter, from Proceedings 219 --
Chapter 34 Excerpt from Nimitz, by E.B. Potter, from Nimitz 231 --
Chapter 35 Chester W. Nimitz: Victory in the Pacific, by John B. Lundstrom, from Quarterdeck and Bridge: Two Centuries of American Naval Leaders 234 --
Chapter 36 Commentary on RADM Raymond A. Spruance, by Thomas C. Hone 247 --
Chapter 37 Harsh Lessons, by John B. Lundstrom, from Black Shoe Carrier Admiral 252 --
Chapter 38 Enemy Carriers, by John B. Lundstrom, from Black Shoe Carrier Admiral 255 --
Chapter 39 Mitscher and the Mystery of Midway, by Craig L. Symonds, from Naval History 259 --
Part VII The Code-Breaking 267 --
Chapter 40 Code-Breaking before Midway, by Elliot Carlson, from Joe Rochefort's War 269 --
Chapter 41 America Deciphered Our Code, translated by RADM Edwin T. Layton, USN (Ret.), from Proceedings 273 --
Chapter 42 Freedom of the Press or Treason? by Grant Sanger, M.D., from Proceedings 277 --
Part VIII Assessments of the Battle 281 --
Chapter 43 Foreword to Midway, The Battle That Doomed Japan, by ADM Raymond A. Spruance, USN (Ret.), from Proceedings 283 --
Chapter 44 Underappreciated Victory, by James Schlesinger, from Naval History 286 --
Chapter 45 The Great Midway Crapshoot, by Lee Gaillard, from Proceedings 291 --
Chapter 46 Comment and Discussion: The Great Midway Crapshoot, by CAPT Chris Johnson, USN (Ret.), from Proceedings 297 --
Chapter 47 A Tactical Model of Carrier Warfare, by CAPT Wayne P. Hughes Jr., USN (Ret.), from Fleet Tactics, Theory and Practice 299 --
Chapter 48 Midway: The Decisive Battle? by Geoffrey Till, from Naval History 305 --
Chapter 49 Descending in Flame, by Mark R. Peattie, from Sunburst, The Rise of Japanese Naval Air Power, 1909-1941 312 --
Chapter 50 Midway: The Story That Never Ends, by Thomas B. Allen, from Proceedings 314 --
Chapter 51 Identifying Kaga, by Jonathan Parshall, with Anthony Tully and David Dickson, from Proceedings 322 --
Chapter 52 Book Review of Peter C. Smith, Midway: Dauntless Victory: Fresh Perspectives on America's Seminal Naval Victory of World War II, reviewed by CWO Ronald W. Russell, USN (Ret.), from Naval History 325 --
Chapter 53 Midway Is Our Trafalgar, by CDR Brian Fort, USN, from Proceedings 327.
Responsibility: edited by Thomas C. Hone.

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"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"--Publisher.

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