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on 27 August 2013
By the end of these book you feel that there was an inevitability about the US gaining the upper hand in the Pacific, once their war machine got into gear. But that should not take anything away from the heroism of the US forces during these three significant battles. Freeman is an experienced enough historian to point out the strategic and tactical errors, on both sides, which occurred during the first chapters of WW2 for America. Pearl Harbor is well told, although many will be familiar with the story. Midway was perhaps my favourite title in the trilogy. And Coral Sea is worth reading as in many ways it is a forgotten battle.
These accounts may be of special interest to sailors and fighter pilots too, as in many ways, as the author points out, these battles helped shape the modern world - and also modern warfare.
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on 27 August 2013
Books are separate, but linked. Freeman knows his way around a naval battle and writes with both style and economy. There's not a huge amount that a military enthusiast won't already know in regards to the Pearl Harbor book, but enjoyed the author's opinions and facts in relation to Midway and Coral Sea. The author gives due wait to the story (and strengths and failings) of the Japanese forces too but more so this is an account of how America turned the tide in the battle for the Pacific.
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