Battle of Midway Island


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Battle of Midway Island

  1. 1. The Battle of Midway Island<br />Presented by Claire Cappelle<br />
  2. 2. Midway Island<br />
  3. 3. Back Story<br /><ul><li>Previous battle: The Battle of Coral Sea (American Victory)
  4. 4. Yorktown Aircraft damaged from previous battle
  5. 5. Commander-in-Chief (Japan): Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
  6. 6. Commander-in-Chief (USA): Admiral Chester W Nimitz</li></li></ul><li>Before the Battle<br />Japan<br />United States<br />Wanted to Capture Midway Island as a base for taking the rest of the Pacific Islands<br />Planned to take Midway on June 3<br />Wanted to meet at Midway to destroy US Fleet<br />War Planners Careless<br />US Naval Officers found out Japanese were planning to bomb Midway Island<br />Adm Nimitz carefully planned planes carefully according to the code that was broken<br />Force led by Rear Admiral RaymonSprunace<br />
  7. 7. A fighter plane in the midst of the Battle of Midway<br />
  8. 8. Information<br />Task Force 16 led by the Enterprise left on May 28<br />Japan had 6 aircraft carriers, 11 battle ships, 13 cruisers and 45 destroyers<br />US had ¼ supplies of Japanese<br />Aircrafts (US)<br />USS Enterprise<br />USS Hornet<br />USS Yorktown (Damaged from previous battle)<br />
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  10. 10. Morning of June 4<br />USS Enterprise, USS Hornet, and USS Yorktown main aircrafts, led by USS Enterprise<br />Japanese launches air attack with 108 planes<br />US saw planes on Radar & went into position<br />US failed on brutal Japanese attack<br />Japanese destroyed most American torpedoes<br />Skies became very dark because of constant shooting<br />
  11. 11. USS Yorktown is being attacked by a Japanese torpedo.<br />
  12. 12. Afternoon<br />Japanese destroyed USS Yorktown but Nimitz places the rest of the ships correctly<br />Skies were set up for American dive-bombers<br />American aircraft caught Hiryu and damaged it<br />3 main flyers dropped bombs and torpedoes on 3 of four Japanese carriers<br />Within 5 minutes US killed 3 of 4 Japanese ships<br />
  13. 13. VT-8 TBF at Midway Island<br />
  14. 14. After Five Minutes…<br />All Japanese torpedoes shot<br />Japan lost ½ of its carrier force<br />Japanese greatly damaged Midway, but could not capture the field<br />Japanese lost its frontline aviators and 250 aircraft<br />Japanese retreated and reversed the tide of the war: Japan was on the defense<br />
  15. 15. Battle of Midway Memorial<br />
  16. 16. The Importance of the Battle of Midway<br />Japanese code broken<br />Displayed that the USA could win something <br />Proved the stamina of the USA<br />Japan could not advance further<br />
  17. 17. Midway Island Today<br />
  18. 18. Significance of World War II<br />Japan was now on the defensive side<br />Japan’s best naval officers were wiped out <br />Japan was not able to advance anymore <br />USA was the one who Japan watched out for<br />
  19. 19. Sources<br />American History Textbook<br /><br /><br />Battle of Midway: World War II in Color s<br /><br /><br />Images: <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />