Great WW2 Naval Battles

Great WW2 Naval Battles

Great WW2 Naval Battles

The Death of Yamato : “Operation Heaven Number One” (Ten-ichi-go)
The Battle of Midway : America’s Greatest Naval Victory
Battleship Versus Battleship : Guadalcanal Battle 14–15 November, 1942
Pearl Harbor by US Navy Rear Admiral Samuel J. Cox
Battle of Taranto 1940 : The Emergence of the Carrier in Naval Combat
Battle of Cape Matapan 1941 : Italy’s Greatest Naval Defeat
The Battle of Leyte Gulf : WW2’s Largest Naval Combat
HMS Warspite & the Second Battle of Narvik
Battle Of Java Sea : World War 2’s Legendary Naval Battle
USS Iowa World War II Anti-Aircraft Engagements Fully Chronicled
General David Petraeus on Leadership & WW2 | Director of the CIA

The Battle of Midway (4–6 June 1942) was one of the most critical battles of World War II, and one of the most one-sided battles in all of history, although achieved at a very high cost for the U.S. aircraft and aircrew responsible for the victory. It was not, however, a “miracle.” At the decisive point of contact, it was four Japanese aircraft carriers (248 aircraft) and 20 escorts against three U.S. aircraft carriers (233 aircraft) and 25 escorts and an island airfield (127 aircraft = 360 total U.S. aircraft). The Japanese had some significant qualitative advantages, principally the ability to launch a massive integrated multi-carrier strike package rapidly, fighter maneuverability, and better torpedoes. However, the United States had some advantages as well, such as the element of surprise, radar, superior damage control, and the ability of U.S. aircraft to absorb damage. Although the total number of Japanese forces committed to the Midway operation (essentially, almost every operational ship in the Imperial Japanese Navy) far exceeded that of the U.S. Navy none but the four carriers were in a position to effect the outcome of the battle at the critical point and time. In terms of numbers and capabilities of the decisive weapon system of the battle, dive-bombers, the two sides were at rough parity.

Great WW2 Naval Battles