- Oct 9, 2010
I read this as well. It's one of the best books I've read recently. Though it focuses on just one battle, it gives a lot of insights into the institutional and military-cultural problems that were endemic to Japan's war effort throughout the Pacific War. It also has some really interesting and vivid accounts of what it was like being on the Japanese carriers during the battle.Book recommendation:
Shattered Sword, by Parshall & Tully. An account and analysis of the Battle of Midway focusing on the Japanese perspective, and keyed not on Fuchida's postwar account but on, essentially, all other sources including ship and squadron logs and firsthand accounts. It's scholarly but reads really well, the authors have a pretty dry sense of humor and it occasionally is visible. Among lots of other things, I learned that Tone's seaplane pilot that took off late and was late and unclear with reports wasn't truly as important to the result of the battle as popularly thought.