Thursday, June 3, 2010

Midway-Turning Point of World War Two

There will be a lot of remembering about D-Day on June 6th this year and for the next few years as well I suppose. But for me, the true turning point of the Second World War was the Battle of Midway - June 4, 1942.

My friend from way back in our shared college days-Anthony P. Tully co-authored a book with Jonathan Parshall a few years back entitled, "Shattered Sword. The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway." It recounts the battle from the Japanese point of view and by in large recounts the mistakes they made and shoot down some famous myths in the process.

If nothing else this weekend, when you go out and maybe rent the DVD of the movie "Midway" or "Private Ryan" or of the John Wayne movie "D-Day," if you have the extra money, go ahead and pick up a copy of this book.

Ref USNI Blog "Remembering Midway – 68 Years Later" by SJS, June 2010 (

1 comment:

tamirisc said...

Very true.

Midway was the moment that Japan realized for the first time, they could lose, and was the first time the U.S. realized in all sincerity that we could win against Japan.

I will definitely have to read the book.

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