Midway Inquest

Midway Inquest

Why the Japanese Lost the Battle of Midway
Dallas W. Isom
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 07/19/2007
Format: Hardback 18 b&w photos, 2 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-34904-0
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Midway, the most famous naval battle in American history, has been the subject of many excellent books. However, none satisfactorily explain why the Japanese lost that battle, given their overwhelming advantage in firepower. While no book may ever silence debate on the subject, Midway Inquest answers the central mystery of the battle. Why could the Japanese not get a bomber strike launched against the American carrier force before being attacked and destroyed by American dive bombers from the Enterprise and Yorktown? Although it is well known that the Japanese were unable to launch an immediate attack because their aircraft were in the process of changing armament, why wasn’t the rearming operation reversed and an attack launched before the American planes arrived? Based on extensive research in Japanese primary records, Japanese literature on the battle, and interviews with over two dozen Japanese veterans from the carrier air groups, this book solves the mystery at last.

Author Bio

Dallas Woodbury Isom is a retired professor of law at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He lives in San Ramon, California.

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“"Even Nelson's victory at Trafalgar and Togo's at Tsushima Strait—where outnumbered naval forces also won spectacular victories—pale in comparison with the most striking aspect of the Battle of Midway: the lethal damage that determined the outcome was done during a two minute period when three of the four Japanese aircraft carriers were set ablaze by American dive bombers." —from Midway Inquest Based on extensive research in Japanese primary records and interviews with over two dozen Japanese veterans from the carrier air groups, Midway Inquest solves the mystery of why Japan lost the battle of Midway. ”

“Even Nelson's victory at Trafalgar and Togo's at Tsushima Strait—where outnumbered naval forces also won spectacular victories—pale in comparison with the most striking aspect of the Battle of Midway: the lethal damage that determined the outcome was done during a two minute period when three of the four Japanese aircraft carriers were set ablaze by American dive bomber”
 — from Midway Inquest

“". . . presents a carefully crafted indictment of Japanese decision making during this pivotal World War II sea battle."May 2008”
 — Proceedings

“Any student of the Pacific War will enjoy this book, even if you disagree with part of it. It is a fascinating look at decisions made in the heat of battle.August 2008”
 — Paper Wars

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Chapter One - Why This Inquest
Chapter Two - Prelude
Chapter Three - The Run-up to Midway
Chapter Four - The Fatal Decision
Chapter Five - Gamble Lost
Chapter Six - To Launch or Not to Launch
Chapter Seven - Ironies
Chapter Eight - Denouement
Chapter Nine - Aftermath
Chapter Ten - Post-mortem
Appendixes
Appendix A - Nagumo's Official Report (excerpts)
Appendix B - SRMN-012, Traffic Intelligence Summaries, pp. 499-505
Appendix C - Reconstruction of Japanese CAP activity
Appendix D - War Game Exercise
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index