Hilfskreuzer Michel

The German Raiders Thor and Michel

August 16, 2020 PE Matt 0

After the loss of the Kormoran on November 19th, 1941, there were no German auxiliary cruisers still afloat anywhere in the Pacific or Indian oceans. Keen to put pressure on the Royal Navy and force it to defend […]

Yorktown under torpedo bomber attack

The Battle of Midway: Yorktown Succumbs

May 24, 2020 PE Matt 0

The vicious dive-bombing attack by the American SBDs on three of Kido Butai’s carriers had left the Japanese reeling, but not completely out of the fight. One carrier, Hiryū, remained intact having manoeuvred away from […]

Battle of Midway: The Torpedo Attack

September 30, 2018 PE Matt 0

Task Force 16 – Enterprise and Hornet, under RAdm Raymond Spruance – sailed for Midway on the 29th of May, just two days after Kido Butai departed from Japan. RAdm Frank Fletcher’s Task Force 17, […]

Midway: Kido Butai Strikes

December 17, 2017 PE Matt 0

As American search planes criss-crossed the skies around Midway, the Japanese Mobile Striking Force, the Kido Butai, approached undetected from the north west. A weather front had concealed the fleet, curtailing flight operations and giving […]

ASE-equipped PBY Catalina

Midway: The Approach

November 26, 2017 PE Matt 0

Due to the vast distances between the islands of the Central Pacific, both the Americans and the Japanese used long range patrol aircraft extensively to keep an eye on the vast expanse of ocean separating […]

Midway: Plans and Preparations

October 15, 2017 PE Matt 0

By March 1942 the Japanese had accomplished their pre-war goals of capturing the Netherlands East Indies and Malaya, together with the rich oil fields which they hoped would supply their economy. Burma was on the […]

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