Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2011 - 640 pages
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Many consider the Battle of Midway to have turned the tide of the Pacific War. It is without question one of the most famous battles in history. Now, for the first time since Gordon W. Prange s bestselling "Miracle at Midway," Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully offer a new interpretation of this great naval engagement. Unlike previous accounts, "Shattered Sword" makes extensive use of Japanese primary sources. It also corrects the many errors of Mitsuo Fuchida s "Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan," an uncritical reliance upon which has tainted every previous Western account. It thus forces a major, potentially controversial reevaluation of the great battle. The authors examine the battle in detail and effortlessly place it within the context of the Imperial Navy s doctrine and technology. With a foreword by leading WWII naval historian John Lundstrom, "Shattered Sword" will become an indispensable part of any military buff s library. Winner of the 2005 John Lyman Book Award for the "Best Book in U.S. Naval History" and cited by "Proceedings" as one of its "Notable Naval Books" for 2005."
 

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User Review  - stellarexplorer - LibraryThing

Shattered Sword is one of the finest -- if not the finest -- works of military history I've ever read. It is no ordinary military history, but rather a work of military analysis. The book has a ... Read full review

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User Review  - martinhughharvey - LibraryThing

I must 'fess up to being fascinated by the Pacific campaigns during WWII. So to hear of a, relatively modern, revisionist POV on the seminal battle of Midway was a no brainer for me. As you can garner ... Read full review

Contents

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PART III
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Glossary of Terms

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PART II
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List of Personnel
Japanese Order of Battle
The Carriers of Kid Butai
The Aircraft of Kid Butai
Japanese Amphibious Operations against MidwayAn Analysis
Discovery of Carrier Kaga
Japanese Aircraft Tail Codes at the Battle of Midway
Japanese Radar at Midway
Chronology of Japanese Fighter Operations
Japanese Strike Rosters Operations MI and AL
Aleutians Force Distributions
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Authors
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