The new Frontline Books series offers great images, concise insightful text, at a low price. The Battle of Midway was the start of the fight back that destroyed the Japanese navy and its aviation, ending in Japanese defeat. – Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: Images Of War, Battle Of Midway, America's Decisive Strike In The Pacific In WWII FILE: R3045 AUTHOR: John Grehan PUBLISHER: frontline books, Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, World War Two, Second World War, Pacific Theatre, USN, USMC, Japanese, carrier fleets, carrier task groups, naval aviation, dive bombers, fighters, torpedo planes, carriers, escorts
IMAGE: B3045.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/srsmagj PAGES: 164 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The new Frontline Books series offers great images, concise insightful text, at a low price. The Battle of Midway was the start of the fight back that destroyed the Japanese navy and its aviation, ending in Japanese defeat. – Very Highly Recommended. The US Navy and US Marine Corps started war with Japan at a disadvantage in aircraft. The Japanese Zero fighter was an agile, light, long range naval aircraft, superior to aircraft in US service. That continued to be true technically for the rest of the war. US naval aviation had concentrated on rugged aircraft with armour and .50 calibre machine guns. The Wildcat was effective in the Atlantic because it was operating in an environment that demanded armour, heavy gun armament, with larger ammunition capacity. In the Pacific, US naval aviators had to learn to maximise on the attributes of their machines, concentrate on the Zero's weaknesses, and reduce the number of skilled Japanese naval aviators. The Battle of Midway proved the new approach to be effective. After Midway the Hellcat and Corsair closed the performance gap on the Zero without sacrificing protection, ruggedness and gun power. These new aircraft also benefited greatly from the reduction of skilled Japanese pilots, with new replacements arriving at Japanese squadrons with limited flying hours. As with the Wildcat, the later aircraft were produced in greater numbers by a war production system far in advance of any Japanese capability. At Midway, the battle was a triumph for US code breakers. The US carriers arrived without the Japanese realizing until it was too late. The Japanese code had been broken before the development of their attack on Midway and code breakers used this capability to advise the naval commanders of the Japanese plans. This resulted in casualties on Midway that had been planned for and which diverted Japanese attention away from the carriers. The US also managed to field a larger carrier force because of emergency work to repair battle damage, particularly to the Yorktown, and the allocation of a full complement of aircraft. These advantages were further strengthened by a reconnaissance screen of Catalina flying boats to spot the Japanese warships and report position, course and speed. That allowed the Americans to fly off their aircraft close to extreme range. The slow torpedo bombers proved easy targets for the Zeros, but the dive bombers and fighter escorts succeeded in cutting through the defences and hitting Japanese carriers that had their decks full of aircraft being fuelled and rearmed. Many US aircraft were lost not to enemy action but to fuel running out before they could return to their carriers. The action of US submarines in rescuing downed pilots meant that losses were much less dramatic because US production could soon replace the lost aircraft. The Japanese however lost pilots and planes, with their carrier force being seriously depleted, losses which Japanese naval aviation was never to recover from. The selection of images in this book is excellent, supported by clear action charts. There are very many illustrations, but there is also good text, well-searched and presented concisely to make this a must-buy book.