Midway: Dauntless Victory

A re-examination of America’s greatest naval victory of World War II.

Peter C. Smith

Date Published :
March 2008
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
40 pp b/w photos
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781844155835
Pages : 384
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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This is an in-depth study of the battle of Midway that reviews the many previous accounts and compares their accuracy and veracity with fresh documentation that has been released recently, including new material on the post-war analysis made by a US select committee. There are new viewpoints on the muddle among the US Admirals; the total failure of the USAAF, despite elaborate claims; fresh thinking on the part played by the US Navy Dauntless dive-bombers in the action; the mystery of the carrier Saratoga's presence; Hollywood's totally wrong take on the battle in all the films since made about it. Also, included are new eyewitness accounts the author has obtained and information from Japanese sources that has never been previously published.

The lengthy Appendices will include statistical details of the ships, the planes and the men.

About The Author

Peter C. Smith is well-known to aviation and maritime history readers. He has written over 67 previously published books. Amongst these are Skua, Detroyer Leader, Into the Minefields and Naval Warfare in the English Channel 1939-1945, all published by Pen & Sword.


"…meticulous research can not be denied… different research methods Smith employed brought together a great account of the battle. Needless to say, this is a book that I will recommend."

- World War II Database

"…an impressive volume of wartime history… should make a worthy addition to any naval history library…"

- Proceedings

"…separates reality from the myths…a fascinating read. …a major contribution to maritime history…"

- The Northern Mariner

"…the most thorough look at the Midway battle that has ever been done and a book that is a must for any nautical enthusiast."

- Modeling Madness

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