World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: IN THE CORAL SEA

BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC (See Cover)

On the desk in the breezy, rambling headquarters building in Pearl Harbor Navy Yard lay charts, reconnaissance reports, intelligence advices. These charts, reports, advices were the hither end of a great sea battle—what promised to be the greatest battle in the history of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Leaning over the desk was a bronzed, white-haired, austere figure.

Admiral Chester William Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, was tenser than usual. For four months now he had been in command of a fleet on the defensive,...

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