A Lecture Series from the World War II Challenge with Crescent City Classic
Join us for a conversation with Jonathan Parshall, coauthor of Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway. First published in 2007, Shattered Sword brought to light newly available information from Japanese sources. These include the official Japanese War History series (Senshi Sosho), the translated carrier air group action reports of the four Japanese carriers involved in the battle, the comprehensive Japanese casualty figures found in Sawachi Hisae's groundbreaking volume on the battle (Midowei Kaisen Kiroku), and many others. The result is an account that is grounded less on first-hand personal accounts (although these are found in plenty as well), and more on concrete operational data.
During this webinar, Parshall will take you through the first 6 months of the War in the Pacific and highlight the dramatic American victory at Midway and the consequences for the Imperial Japanese Navy.
About The World War II Challenge
The World War II Challenge is a unique, virtual fitness challenge that honors our WWII veterans. Registration is open from 6/4/21 to 7/4/21. Participants can complete any of the following courses:
Operation Pacific Theater 72 Mile Course
Operation Pacific Theater 717 Mile Course
Operation Liberty Road 100 Mile Course
Operation Liberty Road 712 Mile Course
About Jonathan Parshall:
Jonathan Parshall saw his interest in the Imperial Japanese Navy develop early in his childhood. As an adult, that passion led him to create the foremost website devoted to the Imperial Navy, combinedfleet.com, which he founded in 1995. Parshall’s book, Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway, coauthored with Anthony Tully, is the definitive account of that pivotal battle in the Pacific. He has written for the Naval War College Review, the US Naval Institute’s Proceedings and Naval History magazines, World War II Magazine, Wartime (the journal of the Australian War Memorial), Flypast magazine, the Sankei Shimbun, and several overseas aviation publications. He has also illustrated numerous books on the Pacific war (including his friend Richard Frank’s MacArthur). Parshall is an adjunct lecturer for the US Naval War College, and has appeared on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and the BBC. A graduate of Carleton College and the Carlson School of Management, his next book will look at the Imperial Japanese Navy’s tactics while fighting a night, a strategy they used to great early success during the naval battles near Guadalcanal.