Originally published as a classified Battle Summary, TURNING THE TIDE is a unique record written by naval officers during World War II, and soon after 1945. Stamped ‘restricted’ and subject to the Official Secrets Act these texts, maps, plans and first-hand accounts are an important source in understanding the critical naval actions of the period. On 7 December 1941 at Pearl Habor, the Imperial Japanese Navy delivered a stunning lesson in the effectiveness of carrier aircraft against capital ships. The crippling of the US Pacific Fleet gave the Imperial Japanese Navy almost free rein in that theatre of operations until the turning point – the Battles of the Coral Sea and Midway (1942).The outcome was the first decisive naval victory for the United States Navy with big-gun battleships further eclipsed by carrier aviation. Much of the action in the Pacific became legendary, as the British and American public viewed the newsreels of attacks at Pearl Harbor and the fall of Hong Kong, the Philippines and Singapore. At Midway, Commander Joseph Rochefort, USN, and his team cracked a Japanese code, which revealed Admiral Yamamoto’s plan of attack on Midway Island. Japanese losses were vast and many Japanese airmen who had carried out the attacks at Pearl Harbor would meet their end at the Battle of Midway. TURNING THE TIDE details these key events of the Pacific War and how the battles of Coral Sea and Midway allowed the US to be able to counter the Japanese at Guadalcanal. TURNING THE TIDE is one of a series of previously classified documents written in a new, accessible format. It contains specially commissioned commentary by expert military historians and is published in collaboration with Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, South West England.
TURNING THE TIDE The Battles of Coral Sea and Midway
Revisits the Royal Navy’s official histories of two pivotal naval battles Coral Sea and Midway. Taken from the previously classified battle summaries, numbers 45 and 46, this edition is a valuable aid to the study of two groundbreaking carrier battles in the Pacific War.