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John Gifford

New Midway movie in production.

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I was wondering if there was any information about if  Miles Browning the real hero of Midway was to be given a much better role in this new Midway movie? It would be much deserved.

 

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I see nothing in the available literature, including various heavy tomes on USN/carrier operations; articles; papers; the naval registers from 1917 to 1942; and even a somewhat poorly written, overly effusive, and error riddled Wiki entry which would indicate that Browning had any exposure to, or gathering of, specialized insight into Japanese carrier operations.  I even went so far as to peruse some of his own writings from his tour of duty at the Army’s Command & General Staff School. No, nothing there either.  He was never a Japanese Language Officer – a duty which required a two-year assignment to the US embassy in Tokyo, nor do the registers otherwise indicate he was an otherwise qualified Japanese translator.  Not to mention that the Japanese were notoriously close-minded about allowing non-Japanese naval personnel, especially Americans, gathering information on their operations.  The experiences of Halsey’s staff aboard Enterprise leading up to Midway were pretty much centered on strikes on remote Japanese outposts and providing escort to USS Hornet for the Doolittle raid, none of which provided any exposure whatsoever, absolutely none, to Japanese carriers and their operations.   From what I’ve seen there was nothing he ever wrote pre-war that those involved at command levels with US Naval Aviation did not already know nor did such writing specifically address the Japanese or any of their doctrine, operations, or practices.  He may have been one who wrote on carrier operations and pitfalls in a NWC thesis paper, but it was not earth-shattering insight.

So, always being willing to learn, perhaps you could point to some documentation I may have missed that might illuminate your claim to his extensive knowledge of Japanese carrier operations?

 

 

 

 

Edited by R Leonard

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Oh, and if you were to look closely at, then, Commander, Browning's performance at Midway, you just may come away with a "Whoa, he really messed that up," moment.

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Well, of course. Film makers are in the entertainment business, they are not in the history business.  Anyone expecting to see history adhered to from opening credits to final credits will be very disappointed.

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That was my question . . . never answered other than some vague claim to knowledge of Japanese carrier operations, which I also challenged.  I can elaborate on his foul ups at Midway, but I wanted to give the OP a chance to present his case.

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