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The Battle of Midway, June 4-7, 1942, marked a turning point for the United States Pacific Fleet in World War II, effectively crippling Japan's naval strength and putting the enemy on the defensive for the first time.
Many books and movies have immortalized the battle, yet first-hand accounts bring different perspectives and details found nowhere else. In the World War II War Diaries on Footnote, you can read accounts from Admiral Nimitz (CinCPac) and other commanders reporting on the action.
The final report of the battle, issued by CinCPac, includes the status of the Pacific Fleet before the battle, strategies for the defense of Midway, and an assessment that the "combined forces…defeated a large part of the Japanese fleet and frustrated the enemy's powerful move against Midway that was undoubtedly the keystone of larger plans."
A section titled "Lessons and Conclusions from the Action" outlines areas for improvement, including that "TBD planes are fatally inadequate for their purpose. The loss of the brave men who unhesitatingly went to their death in them is grievous." TBDs were single-engine Navy torpedo-bombers, known as "Devastators," and nearly all were destroyed in the Battle of Midway.
The extensive report includes interrogations of Japanese prisoners; observations, chronologies, and maps compiled by battleship commanders and other officers; names of those killed or missing in action; and transcriptions of communications. Each individual account brings forth the history of the battle through compelling eyewitness action reports.
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The Battle of Big Bethel, fought in Virginia on June 10, 1861, was the first land battle of the Civil War. Henry L. Wyatt, a 19-year-old private with the 1st North Carolina Infantry, is remembered as the first Confederate soldier slain in battle. Service records of those who fought at Big Bethel and a detailed map of the battlefield drawn by William B. Taylor, presented to his mother, are available on Footnote.
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