Saturday, May 4, 2019

Nagumo's Dilemma

Midway.  Just the word symbolizes winning against all odds.  The Japs ran all over the Pacific and Southeast Asia until that fateful day on June 4, 1942.  So many miracles took place: the cracking of the code, the repair of the Yorktown, and catching the Nippon aircraft carriers while in the middle of aircraft recovery and rearming operations.   An eye-catching video attempts to show the battle from the Japanese perspective and delves into Nagumo's dilemma. To say it's better than the History Channel crap is putting it mildly.  Pour a drink and enjoy.

There is not yet a part 2 that is produced but the channel does have a similar video for the Battle of the Coral Sea that is worth watching as well.


Anonymous said...

I saw this last week. Yes, it's excellent. This is also good, from the US Naval War College:

Anonymous said...

Great video, thanks KF.

Burke said...

Cool stuff, KF. All I knew before watching was that we won the battle and that it was a turning point in the war. Many of the details are dismaying at first, but then one takes incredible pride in the bravery of our fliers. They lived and died on a higher plane. Pun fully intended.

Anonymous said...

Watch the movie as well. It’s a classic right along side of Patton, Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers. We should be thankful for the Greatest Generation and all the evil they confronted and defeated. If this type of conflict happened today, I don’t think the millennials would would rise to the occasion. They don’t hold a candle to their great-grandfathers. If our modern day enemies ever figure this out, we better start learning to speak Russian and Chinese.

Anonymous said...

Watch the movie as well. It’s a classic right along side of Patton, Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers.

This is a classic alongside those others? ROFLMAO

Anonymous said...

@11:14 He was referring to the Hollywood movie "Midway" with Charlton Heston and which is a classic. Thanks KF....great post.

Anonymous said...

The best “Japanese side” book is Shattered Sword, which dispels some myths & does a superb job of describing carrier operations & damage control.

Captain William said...

Thank you Kingfish for posting this.

Very informative and inspirational. The "greatest generation" was exactly that. God help us when we find ourselves in a that situation again and we call on our millennials to man up and face danger. I am sure Omar and AOC will suddenly become patriotic and help also............

Kingfish said...

Don't be too tough on the kids. The material is still there, just needs a proper forge.

So next question is..... what should Nagumo have done?

Do the American carriers attack at Midway if Nagumo had his original six carriers?

Anonymous said...

+1 for Shattered Sword.

Problem is nobody reads history books anymore.

Justice for Zeros said...

Thanks KF, enjoyed it. We were lucky to have inflicted that amount of damage. 5 minutes changed history forever.

Anonymous said...

5 minutes, 1 minute, 1 second.....all change history. just think of how different the world would be had one of Ferdinand's assassins not gotten hungry (look it up) rise of America and the USSR....the trickle down is endless when it comes to those moments that change the world. That is why I love history. Most skate through life never knowing how their entire existence turned on the smallest of things.

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