Six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US Navy and Marine Corps stopped the advance of the Japanese and the Pacific Theater and destroyed Japan’s frontline Carrier Strike during the Battle of Midway.
December 7th, 1941 a day that will live in infamy. Japanese aircraft launched a devastating attack on the US Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor America, a reluctant nation isolated, no more mobilizers to stop Japanese aggression in the Pacific Admiral.
Yamamoto is Aku the Japanese fleet commander and mastermind of the Pearl Harbor attack plans to draw called the century for Hawaii by the Japanese home to an American airbase out the American fleet and destroy its aircraft carriers that operate unchallenged from the mid-Pacific to new Guinea.
Meanwhile, a tireless staff of American intelligence experts cleverly breaks the Japanese military command code giving Admiral Chester Nimitz commanding the Pacific fleet, a peek into Japanese planning in time, the American intelligence staff deduces to within five miles and five minutes. The location of a Japanese battle force preparing to expand its deadly grip in the Pacific.
The enemy target midway a strategically important at all base and with an easy striking distance of Hawaiian island Yamamoto plans to take the Atoll ole and use it as a base from which to destroy the rest of U.S. Pacific fleet and solidify the Japanese hold throughout the region.
The Intel work arms, the Americans with an idea of Japanese intentions, Nimitz deploy a carrier striking group centered on USS Enterprise Hornet and Yorktown to support forces based at midway three American carriers to four Japanese, even with the Intel, the outcome is anything but certain on the other side, vice Admiral Yamamoto’s carrier commander is overconfident in his advantage.
He believes the beliefs to defend against his onslaught. Instead the to his advantage. He believes the American fleet is not possessed to defend against his onslaught.
Instead the Americans successfully courageously fend off the June 4th, aerosol on midway shooting down key leaders within the strike group and disrupting Japanese operations.
The two massive fleets finally make first contact when hornet’s Top squadron eight with no fighter support attacks, the Japanese carriers, the Japanese shoot down all the American aircraft and inflict heavy damage on the enterprise in Yorktown torpedo squadrons, the American torpedo attacks come on the heels of the disruptive attacks from midway based planes.
This compels Nagumo to re-arm his second strike to engage the American carrier task force rather than a second attack on the midway as planned that’s when American dive bombers discover the Japanese fleet and scream down onto their exposed enemy.
Within minutes, three of the Japanese carriers are in flames and taking on water. Aviation fuel and ordinance are on the decks of the Japanese carriers compound the damage done by the American bombs. And soon the three carriers begin one-way journeys to the bottom of the Pacific.
Here you the lone remaining Japanese carrier retaliates inflicting serious damage to Yorktown later that same day she attacks her prey again, but before here you can make her escape American aircraft carrier, some orphan from Yorktown, send a Japanese ship to join her fellow carrier at the bottom of the sea.
Unfortunately for Yorktown after two days of intense damage control, Japanese sub spots, the carrier in the assisting destroyer Hammann on June 6th, the sub fires on both forcing their crews to abandon their sinking ships.
American losses include 144 Navy and Marine Corps aircraft. The carrier Yorktown, the destroyer Hammann, and 307 sailors.
The Japanese losses prove far more severe four carriers, a heavy cruiser, 256 planes, and more than 3000 sailors, a stunning blow to the Japanese fleet at the beginning of the end of their dominance in the Pacific, the decisive battle of midway an American victory and the turning point of the war in the Pacific.
Replica of a 1940s newsreel telling the story of the Battle of Midway.
Thank you for the Video Edward Coffey