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Title:
Midway 1942 : turning-point in the Pacific
Author:
Healy, Mark, 1953-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 26 cm.
General Note:
Originally published: Oxford : Osprey, 1993.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780275982768
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Book

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One of the most important naval battles in history, Midway was fought barely six months after the devastating Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The badly damaged USS Yorktown was repaired in just 48 hours and with Enterprise and Hornet set out to meet the Japanese. In a battle marked by great heroism on both sides the United States dealt a devastating blow to the Imperial Japanese Fleet sinking. In this superbly illustrated volume, Mark Healy tells the whole story: espionage, daring, luck, and extreme heroism. A fascinating read supplemented by genuine photographs of the battle in progress.

One of the most important naval battles in history, Midway was fought barely six months after the devastating Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The badly damaged USS Yorktown was repaired in just 48 hours and with Enterprise and Hornet set out to meet the Japanese. In a battle marked by great heroism on both sides the United States dealt a devastating blow to the Imperial Japanese Fleet sinking. In this superbly illustrated volume, Mark Healy tells the whole story: espionage, daring, luck, and extreme heroism. A fascinating read supplemented by genuine photographs of the battle in progress.

Midway was the last U.S.-held base west of Hawaii and the Japanese considered its capture vital to protect their conquests in the western Pacific. They attempted to deceive the Americans with a diversionary attack on the Aleutians, but unknown to the Japanese General Staff code-breakers had cracked their military codes warning the US where the real attack would come. Badly damaged at Coral Sea the USS Yorktown was repaired in 48 hours and with Enterprise and Hornet sent out to meet the Japanese fleet. In a battle marked by great heroism on both sides the United States dealt a devastating blow to the Imperial Japanese Fleet sinking four of her most powerful carriers. This battle turned the tide in the Pacific; after Midway the Japanese never recovered the initiative and the U.S. forces began their island-hopping counter-attack. In this superbly illustrated volume Mark Healy tells the whole story of Midway; espionage, daring, luck, and extreme heroism. A fascinating read supplemented by genuine photographs of the battle in progress.


Author Notes

MARK HEALY has a Master's degree in Political Theology from Bristol University, and is head of the Humanities faculty in a large school in Somerset. He has written a number of works of military history.