The Battle of Midway: personalities, cultures and chance.
Much has been written about Midway, a pivotal battle in the Second World War; this book edited by TC Hone breaks some new ground, and gives a more complex perspective than the conventional view.
Aircraft carriers were at the time at the forefront of military technology; however, the conduct and the outcome of this battle depended more on the personalities of the commanders (and of some of the more junior officers), and on the cutural differences between the Americans and the Japanese, than on hardware or strategic and tactical doctrine.
Chance played also a decisive part,hardly recognised by either side: a serious attack of shingles, the breakdown of a reconnaissance plane - without either of these, the outcome might have been different.
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