World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Ruin in Two Phases

BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC (See Cover) He could hardly have been charged with the defeat of the Japanese fleet in the Coral Sea in May 1942, nor with the decisive beating the fleet took from a desperate band of American last-ditchers at Midway, a month later. It was not mainly his fault that the Japanese Navy had been bloodily ejected from the Solomons, or that it was progressively driven back on its inner defenses by the overwhelming force of U.S. arms in the Pacific.

These disasters could not be blamed on dull, purse-lipped little...

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