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Midway 1942 : turning point in the Pacific / Mark Stille ; illustrated by Howard Gerrard.

By: Stille, Mark.
Contributor(s): Gerrard, Howard.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Campaign: 226.Publisher: Oxford, England : Osprey, 2010Description: 96 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781846035012 (pbk.); 1846035015 (pbk.).Subject(s): Midway, Battle of, 1942DDC classification: 940.5426699
Origins of the campaign -- Chronology -- Opposing commanders -- Opposing fleets -- Opposing plans -- The battle of Midway -- The aftermath -- Further reading -- Index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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 myths of 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 the sacrifice of the American torpedo bombers 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.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 94) and index.

Origins of the campaign -- Chronology -- Opposing commanders -- Opposing fleets -- Opposing plans -- The battle of Midway -- The aftermath -- Further reading -- Index.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Origins of the Campaign (p. 5)
  • Chronology (p. 9)
  • Opposing Commanders (p. 12)
  • The IJN
  • The US Navy
  • Opposing Fleets (p. 16)
  • The IJN carrier force
  • The US Navy carrier force
  • Orders of battle
  • Opposing Plans (p. 33)
  • The Japanese plan: Yamamoto gets his way
  • The US plan
  • The Battle of Midway (p. 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 (p. 92)
  • Further Reading (p. 94)
  • Index (p. 95)