God in the Trenches ¯ Larkin Spivey



God in the Trenches ¯ Larkin Spivey


Chapter One: Pure Luck or God's Hand
Chapter Two: The American Revolution Darkest Hour
Chapter Three: The Civil War Moment of Decision
Chapter Four: World War II The Tide Turns
Chapter Five: The Cold War Brink of Armageddon
Chapter Six: The Hand of Providence in America's Wars
Appendix: War and God in My Own Life

Chapter Four: World War II The Tide Turns
On May 28, 1942, the most powerful fleet ever seen up to that time set course for Midway Island in
the center of the Pacific Ocean. The Japanese navy was committed to finishing the job started at
Pearl Harbor six months before. The small American carrier fleet had been untouched in that attack
due to bad timing, and these three ships were proving to be an unexpected annoyance. The Japanese military machine had not been stopped anywhere during more than ten years of conquest in China
Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. Allied resistance continued to crumble on all fronts. The Battle of
Midway was to be the climatic victory for the Japanese, eliminating American power in the Pacific
for the foreseeable future and even leaving the U.S. West Coast without protection. Over 200 ships
were committed to ensure success, including 11 battleships and 8 aircraft carriers. By every
calculation of the odds, this victory was as close to a sure thing as could possibly be achieved in
war. However, on June 4th as the opposing fleets came to grips, a series of apparently random
events began to unfold that changed those odds. God's hand seemed to take control at the crucial
moment of World War II.