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The Nimitz Strategy (Newsweek Magazine, 1945)

An brief article by a former Chief of Naval Operations (1930 - 33), Admiral William V. Pratt praising the Pacific naval strategy of Fleet Admiral Nimitz.


What the Navy Learned During the Pacific War (Dept. of the Navy, 1947)

The following is an essay from the office of the Chief of Naval Operations concerning what the U.S. Navy learned about carrier warfare during the four year war against Japan.


U.S. Sailors Wore Earrings? (Pathfinder Magazine, 1944)

A short notice from a May, 1944, issue of THE PATHFINDER reported that there was a fashion among the American sea-going men of the enlisted variety to wear a particular style of earring in their left ear if they'd experienced combat. Don't take our word for it, read on...


The Battle of the Coral Sea (Yank Magazine, 1943)

This YANK MAGAZINE article would have you believe that the Battle of the Coral Sea (May 4 - 8, 1942) was a clear cut victory for the Allies. It was not; but the Japanese came away from the engagement preferring to avoid such victories in the future. Historians remember the battle as being a tactical victory for the Japanese and a strategic victory for the Allies.

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The Battle of Midway (Yank Magazine, 1943)

Written months after the battle, this is the YANK MAGAZINE report on the naval engagement that was "the turning point in the war":

"The Jap had failed to get a foothold on Australia. Strategists reasoned that he would now strike east, at an outpost of the North American continent. Alaska became the No. 1 alert; bombers were flown to Midway; carriers came north and Admiral Nimitz pushed patrols far out toward the Bonins and Wake islands... A navy patrol found the enemy first, in the early hours of June 3 [1942]... Reconnaissance showed a Jap force of about 80 ships approaching Midway."

- the contest that followed proved to be the first truly decisive battle in the Pacific war; it was the battle the spelled out for the Japanese command that it was the beginning of the end. The U.S. Navy lost one aircraft carrier to Japan's four; the Navy lost 307 men, the Japanese Navy 3,057. After the war it would be revealed that much of the Japanese naval code had been compromised.

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The Battle of Leyte Gulf (Pageant Magazine, 1960)

The Battle of Leyte Gulf (October 23 - 26, 1944) was the largest naval battle in World War II - as well as the most decisive. Given the naval weaponry that exists in the digital age, it is highly unlikely that opposing navies will ever again have need to come within visible range of one another again. This article tells the history of that battle, shedding light on a few of the important naval campaigns that came before. Written sixteen years after the events by a knowledgeable author, you will gain an understanding of the thoughts that were going through Admiral Halsey's cranium when he commanded the largest battle fleet ever assembled.

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