The US' victory at Midway was due to a superior strategy and a very high level of tactical leadership.
- Historian Craig Symonds described the Battle of Midway as "the most complete naval victory" since Lord Nelson's triumph at Trafalgar.
- Even if Japan had won at Midway, the US likely would still have emerged victorious in the war due to its substantial industrial capacity to replace lost carriers.
- The defeat at Midway was catastrophic for Japan.
- Holmes highlights the exceptional tactical wisdom and strategic leadership demonstrated by the US Naval commanders during the battle.
- At the tactical level, commanders were allowed flexibility and were advised to avoid putting the fleet at risk from enemy attacks unless they could inflict greater damage on the enemy: this was known as "the principle of calculated risk."
- The principle of calculated risk led to a significant victory at Midway for the US Navy.
- Readers are encouraged to consider the implications of Spruance’s high-end tactical leadership and whether its lessons could be applied to today's Air Force.
- Recommended reading on the Battle of Midway includes Craig Symonds' "The Battle of Midway" and Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully's "Shattered Sword."
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