Military History Lecture - The Midway Paradox: Carrier Victory - Carrier Defeat

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A lecture by Professor Eric Grove, Professor of Naval History and Director of the Centre for International Security and War Studies at the University of Salford.


The Battle of Midway was a major landmark both in the Second World War and in the course of naval warfare in general. Between 4 and 7 June 1942, only six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea, the United States Navy defeated an Imperial Japanese Navy attack against Midway Atoll, inflicting irreparable damage on the Japanese fleet. The battle demonstrated not only the potential but also the weaknesses of the contemporary aircraft carrier. In his lecture, Professor Grove will investigate this paradox, explaining the dynamics of carrier warfare in 1942 and how the inherent weaknesses as well as the strengths of the carrier ensured decisive American victory.

Professor Eric Grove is Professor of Naval History and Director of the Centre for International Security and War Studies at the University of Salford. He has held a number of senior academic positions and has taught at the Royal Naval College Dartmouth, the Royal Naval College Greenwich, the University of Cambridge and the University of Hull. In 1988, working with the Foundation for International Security, he founded the Russia-UK-US naval discussions and confidence building talks. His many books include Vanguard to Trident (the standard work on post-1945 British naval policy) and The Future of Sea Power.



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