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June 04, 2009

The Battle Of Midway

Much attention will be focused on the D-Day celebrations over the next few days and that is as it should be. Still, I think we'd do well to take a moment to observe the 67th anniversary of the battle that turned the tide of war in the Pacific...Midway.

Eagle1 has put together a brief list of what it took for the US to triumph...How to Win a Sea Battle.

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As Admiral Nimitz said following the battle:

Through the skill and devotion to duty of their armed forces of all branches in the Midway area our citizens can now rejoice that a momentous victory is in the making.

It was on a Sunday just six months ago that the Japanese made their peace‑time attack on our fleet and army activities on Oahu. At that time they created heavy damage, it is true, but their act aroused the grim deter­mination of our citizenry to avenge such treachery, and it raised, not lowered, the morale of our fighting men.

Pearl Harbor has now been partially avenged. Vengeance will not be complete until Japanese sea power has been reduced to impotence. We have made substantial progress in that direction. Perhaps we will be forgiven if we claim we are about midway to our objective!

More on the battle here and here (scroll around).

Over 3 long years of hard fighting and losses followed Midway but the Japanese advance had been stopped and they were dealt losses in men, ships and planes they would never recover from.


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