Why this battle is importantThe Battle of Midway was important because it proved thestrength of the United States. They went into the battlewith a lesser naval force than Japan, and still came outvictorious. It had a very positive affect on the war againstJapan. Japans navy and confidence was extremely damagedat the end of the battle. Going in, Japan believed they had anadvantage because they were attacking the U.S. Although,Japan didnt know that the U.S had cracked their code andthey were planning a surprise attack of their own. This battlechanged peoples views of the involved countries.
Fought over and near thetiny U.S mid-pacific base atMidway atollFought between U.S andJapanJapan wanted to destroywhat remained of theUnited States naval power.Attacking the Americanheld Midway Island wasJapans first step.Japan hoped the attackwould bring American fleetsinto the Pacific.
Both countries had advantages Japan- Had a large amount of ships and carriers Force largely outnumbered the U.S United States- Naval intelligence officers broke Japanese code and learned about their plans for attacking Midway Americans knew date for planned attack June 3rd 1942 Knew direction from which Japanese ships would approach
Japan lost 4 aircraft carriers and 200 aircrafts withexperienced pilotsUnited States lost 1 aircraft carrier and 150 planes First Allied victory against Japan Proved that aircraft carrier warfare would/could be the mainpart in future wars By defeating Japan at Midway, the U.S was able to begin the"island hopping" campaign to bring the war to Japans homeislands.
The Japanese admiral was Yamamoto, The Americanadmiral was Nimitz The USS Enterprise, USS Hornet, and the USSYorktown sunk 4 Japanese carriersThe sinking of these ships caused Yamamoto to have towithdraw from the battle The battle lasted from June 4th - June 6thThis battle marked the turning point in the war
Impact on World War 2The Battle of Midway was a strong U.S victory that showedthe strength of the United States. Their strength allowedthem to win against a very strong naval power. This Battlegreatly damaged Japan and they never threatened MidwayIsland again. This was a turning point in the War on thePacific and gave the Allies an upper-hand.
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