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by Robert D Ballard
& Rick Archbold
National Geographic  1999
192 Pages
Index, photos
ISBN: 0-7336-1009-9

Language: English

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Return to Midway
The quest to find the Yorktown and the other lost ships from the greatest battle of the Pacific War

From the man best known for his discovery of the Titanic and Bismarck, comes a book detailing his search for the American aircraft carrier Yorktown and other ships lost during the Battle of Midway in early June 1942.

The book is set out as a day-by-day narrative of both the actual battle and the 1998 search.  It covers everything from the recollections of veterans from both sides, to the searches for the six carriers lost during the battle, to the eventual discovery of the elusive Yorktown.

Before reading this book, I had never really been interested in wartime shipwrecks, but after seeing the level of detail in Return to Midway, I soon changed my mind.  Included in this book are hundreds or wartime photos, paintings and maps, as well as photos from during the search and underwater shots of what now remains of the Yorktown.  It is very interesting to compare the differences in the number of 'then and now' photos presented in the book.

Apart from the details of the search and discovery, it is also very interesting reading the recollections and thoughts of the four veterans of the Midway battle who accompanied Ballard on this expedition – Bill Surgi, Harry Ferrier, Yuji Akamatsu and Haruo Yoshino.

This book is a must for anyone who enjoys reading about lost ships or the naval battles of the Second World War.  'Return to Midway' can be picked up for a low price from either Amazon or many bookstores around the world - don't let the price fool you!

If you enjoyed Ballard's book on the Midway wrecks, keep an eye out for the upcoming review of his other book The Lost Ships of Guadalcanal.

Review by Daniel Leahy  

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September 21, 2023

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