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Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan, the Japanese Navy's Story (Bluejacket Books) Paperback – 2001
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"An enlightening account of the Japanese naval leaders of the time..." --Military Review
Original Language: Japanese --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The authors also do a fine job explaining the motivations and outlooks of the Japanese leaders, including the great famed Admiral Yamamoto--who evidently reacted to the Doolittle Raid by pushing for the attack on Midway. This key decision signed Japan's death warrant as regards the Pacific war.Read more ›
A few years after Midway two Japanese Naval aviators, Mitsuo Fuchida and Masatake Okumiya, wrote a scathing critique of the battle, exposing Japanese overconfidence, the rigidity of Japanese decision-making, and tarnishing in so doing the reputations of Admiral Yamamoto and others. Fushica's views are particularly valuable in that he was aboard the Japanese carrier Akagi during the battle, though grounded because of a recent operation. His record of the terrifying few minutes when the Dauntless dive bombers came out of the clouds to destroy the heart of the Japanese carrier fleet are invaluable, including his rescue and eventual return to Japan. Okumiya was attached to the northern force, part of the Midway operation, that attacked the fog-bound Aleutians, but who gathered much information about the battle afterwards from survivors.
The authors are harsh on the fecklessness of the Japanese naval forays into the Indian ocean which accomplished little of strategic value, the high-level conflicts in the Japanese decision-making process, and the over-confidence generated by their success at Pearl Harbor and elsewhere.
Tactics are also criticized, such as the perfunctory search plane missions to detect and locate enemy forces because the Japanese high command could not imagine that US forces might be within striking distance.Read more ›
The facts around these battles have been explained in a range of other books so that there are no real surprises. What is of interest is the insight that the book gives into the process of Japanese decision making during the war.
The authors show that following the victory at Pearl Harbour the Japanese didn't know what to do. The cruise to the Indian Ocean achieved little and used a large amount of their oil reserves. The overall command simply was not able to formulate a plan. Some groups thought of invading Darwin a plan which was shelved. In the end the attack on Midway was decided on. Such a plan put the Japanese miles from home at a considerable disadvantage.
The authors go on to show how the arrogance and self-confidence in that attack doomed the Japanese fleet. The failure to properly use sighting planes, the leaving of large numbers of aircraft on deck prior to the American attack.
The book is one of the most coherent attacks on the reputation of Yamamoto that I have read. For some reason Yamamoto has had a high reputation with American writers. The record shows that although Pearl Harbor went to plan it was all down hill after that.
The book is readable and evokes the frustration of felt by Japanese fighting men at the shortcomings of their leaders.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book about that battle.
Fuchida having been on one of the
carriers has written a very good book
from the Japanese side.
It's nice to see what the other side thought about first Pearl Harbor and then Midway. Fuchida was a major figure in the attack. The book was well packaged and shipped promptlyPublished 10 months ago by John Matlock
Although the author makes many good points in defense of his argument that the Japanese blunders in the Battle of Midway were unforced errors and not due to a lack of ability or... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Cobra Ball Ltd
Well-balanced, a worthy description proving that the hubris of Japan was just as hopeless as that of Italy and Germany.Published 19 months ago by Vincent R. Pasquantonio
When originally published in America, By the US Naval Institute, Midway: The Battle that Doomed Japan, the Imperial Japanese Navy's Story became the source for the Japanese view of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Phred