History of War

OPERATION DOVETAIL

“DOVETAIL WAS QUIETLY EXPUNGED FROM THE OFFICIAL HISTORIES OF BOTH THE MARINE CORPS AND THE US NAVY”

Following the Battle of Midway (4-7 June 1942), American thoughts turned to offensive operations in the Pacific. Although such a shift in philosophy sounds simple, it was in fact far from it. Any major offensive involving the US Navy would be its first in half a century.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff nevertheless put together a “Joint Directive for Offensive Operations in

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