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- File size : 3669 KB
- Publication date : March 6, 2012
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- Print length : 306 pages
- Publisher : Open Road Media (March 6, 2012)
- ASIN : B0078X73G6
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The American code breakers also get their due. Most of the attention in World War II cryptography centers on the British breaking the Ultra encryption (and usually neglects the Poles who made this possible), but without the American naval code breakers, the great gamble of Midway could not have been risked.
All in all, one will not find a better book on Midway, and damned few better books on any aspect of the war.
For the definition of American hero, look no further than the men of Torpedo Squadron 8, but don't expect a tale of glory. They didn't hit a single ship--and even if they had it's likely their torpedoes would have failed to detonate thanks to faulty design. As a matter of fact, all of Torpedo Squadron 8 was shot down and only 1 man survived. Why are they heroes? Because even when they realized they had arrived early and had no fighter cover and no dive bombers to coordinate their attack with, they still turned their planes into the teeth of the mighty Imperial Japanese Navy and pressed forward with a hopeless attack. Turning back was not an option. Every cell in their bodies must have screamed "RUN!" but they knew if they headed for home the Japanese would follow them back and locate the American Fleet. It's not hard to imagine that they thought of their loved ones at home as they turned their planes into the enemy guns and attacked. When the other torpedo squadrons arrived and found the same situation, they attacked too. Everyone knew what was at stake. There would be no second chances. Not one torpedo hit a Japanese ship. It was such a slaughter that Japanese fighters broke air cover and dove down to pick off the easy targets---leaving a gaping hole in the Japanese Fleet's air defenses. Within minutes American dive bombers, which were supposed to have arrived earlier to coordinate their attack with the now destroyed torpedo squadrons, exploited that hole and changed the world.
Incredible victory tells this and many other improbable stories from the Battle of Midway. Walter Lord is a master of setting the stage and following the American and Japanese players who act upon it as history bind them together. His books are easy to read and flow quickly towards the main events. You'll find first person accounts from both sides, maps, pictures and diagrams and plenty of facts and figures. But it's the human stories, sometimes touching, sometimes frightening, sometimes silly and often sad, that make the Battle of Midway come alive. The American victory at Midway was so improbable that even knowing the outcome in advance you find yourself unable to believe it. Every American owes it to the men who fought this battle to read this book and know their stories. This was the Greatest Generation, and Walter Lord makes it easy to see why.