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Default If Today's Media Reported the Battle of Midway

If today's media reported the Battle of Midway this is how it would read:

Midway Island Demolished. Yorktown, destroyer sunk.

Many US planes lost

June 7, 1942
The United States Navy suffered another blow in its attempt to stem the
Japanese juggernaut ravaging the Pacific Ocean. Midway Island, perhaps the
most vital U.S. outpost, was pummeled by Japanese Naval aviators. The
defending U.S. forces, consisting primarily of antique Buffalo fighters,
were competely wiped out while the Japanese attackers suffered few, if any,
losses.
In a nearby naval confrontation, the Japanese successfully attacked the
Yorktown which was later sunk by a Japanese submarine. A destroyer lashed to
the Yorktown was also sunk.

American forces claim to have sunk four Japanese carriers and the cruiser
Mogami but those claims were vehemently denied by the Emporer's spokeman.

The American carriers lost an entire squadron of torpedo planes when they
failed to link up with fighter escorts. The dive bombers had fighter escort
even though they weren't engaged by enemy fighters. The War Dept. refused to
answer when asked why the fighters were assigned to the wrong attack groups.
The Hornet lost a large number of planes when they couldn't locate the enemy
task force. Despite this cavalcade of errors, Admirals Fletcher and Spruance
have not been removed.

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The failure at Midway is even more disheartening because the U.S. Navy knew
the Japanese were coming. Secret documents provided to the NY Times showed
that "Magic" intercepts showed the Japanese planned to attack Midway, which
they called "AF".

Obsolete Equipment
Some critics blamed the failure at Midway on the use of obsolete aircraft.
The inappropriately named Devastator torpedo planes proved no match for the
Japanese fighters. Even the Avengers, its schedule replacements, were
riddled with bullets and rendered unflyable. Secretary of War Stimson dodged
the question saying simply: "You go to war with the Navy you have, not the
Navy you want or would like to have". Critics immediately called for his
resignation.




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Default If Today's Media Reported the Battle of Midway

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SeeingEyeDog wrote:
If today's media reported the Battle of Midway this is how it would read:

Midway Island Demolished. Yorktown, destroyer sunk.

Many US planes lost

June 7, 1942
The United States Navy suffered another blow in its attempt to stem the
Japanese juggernaut ravaging the Pacific Ocean. Midway Island, perhaps the
most vital U.S. outpost, was pummeled by Japanese Naval aviators. The
defending U.S. forces, consisting primarily of antique Buffalo fighters,
were competely wiped out while the Japanese attackers suffered few, if any,
losses.
In a nearby naval confrontation, the Japanese successfully attacked the
Yorktown which was later sunk by a Japanese submarine. A destroyer lashed to
the Yorktown was also sunk.

American forces claim to have sunk four Japanese carriers and the cruiser
Mogami but those claims were vehemently denied by the Emporer's spokeman.

The American carriers lost an entire squadron of torpedo planes when they
failed to link up with fighter escorts. The dive bombers had fighter escort
even though they weren't engaged by enemy fighters. The War Dept. refused to
answer when asked why the fighters were assigned to the wrong attack groups.
The Hornet lost a large number of planes when they couldn't locate the enemy
task force. Despite this cavalcade of errors, Admirals Fletcher and Spruance
have not been removed.

Code Broken
The failure at Midway is even more disheartening because the U.S. Navy knew
the Japanese were coming. Secret documents provided to the NY Times showed
that "Magic" intercepts showed the Japanese planned to attack Midway, which
they called "AF".

Obsolete Equipment
Some critics blamed the failure at Midway on the use of obsolete aircraft.
The inappropriately named Devastator torpedo planes proved no match for the
Japanese fighters. Even the Avengers, its schedule replacements, were
riddled with bullets and rendered unflyable. Secretary of War Stimson dodged
the question saying simply: "You go to war with the Navy you have, not the
Navy you want or would like to have". Critics immediately called for his
resignation.




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