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Remembering Midway

Blair31 Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 11:22 AM
As early as 1898, strategists in the United States Navy, said that "the next war will be with Japan." This was right after two wars: The First Sino-Japanese War, (1894-95), which included the disastrous Battle of the Yalu, in which the Imperial Japanese Navy defeated the Chinese Imperial Navy and the Spanish-American War in which the United States Navy's Asiatic Fleet, defeated the Spanish Armada's Asiatic Fleet. There was concern in the United States that Spain would turn the Philippines over to Germany, and not the United States, because we had to go to Hong Kong to use British telegraph cables to tell Washington we'd seized the Philippines. At Midway, the Japanese were lazy.
George257 Wrote: Jun 07, 2012 5:40 AM
Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines, writing in the 1890s predicted the fall of the Spanish Empire and that one day his country would be conquered either by Japan or America. He was right, in that both J and the US conquered the Phils.
The Battle of Midway, fought 70 years ago this week, was an extraordinary victory for the U.S. Navy and proved to be the strategic pivot in World War II's Pacific theater of operations.

During the three-day sea battle of early June 1942, a scant six months after Japan's devastating offensive strike on its fleet base at Pearl Harbor, the outnumbered USN sank four Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carriers. Japan lost not only the carriers, but also their highly trained warship and aircraft crews, irreplaceable sailors and naval aviators with elite skills.

As the carrier hulls hit the bottom of the Pacific...