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The Battle of the Coral Sea was a tactical defeat for the U.S. Navy that also proved to be a significant strategic victory.
By Joseph H. Alexander, Military History Quarterly
Many “what if” scenarios rely on close calls, in which the outcome pivoted on a single event that went one way but might easily have gone another. But in the case of Coral Sea, it's almost easier to explain how the Japanese could have won the battle than explain how they managed to lose it.
By Mark Grimsley, World War II Magazine