World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE SEAS: Death of a Fleet

The Imperial Japanese Navy was dead. Of the world's third largest fleet, which once had ranked close behind those of the U.S. and Britain, there was nothing left on the surface but a few battered hulks, almost beyond repair, plus perhaps a division of three cruisers and two or three squadrons of destroyers; below the surface, a few score life-size submarines and two or three times as many midgets —enough to be a nuisance.

Gone was the battle line which had dominated the Pacific in the first months after Pearl Harbor. The manner...

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