The Battle of Midway was the key naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War II.
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Andy Mills, a veteran of the Battle of Midway, looks back the contest that turned the tide in the Pacific
Spanning hundreds of leagues and four days, June 4-7, 1942, the Battle of Midway pitted an overmatched American fleet against a Japanese armada in a struggle for command of the Pacific. British historian John Keegan maintains that it was "the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare." In San Diego, the U.S. Navy celebrated this triumph's 70th anniversary. Aboard the retired aircraft carrier named for the battle, 1,000 guests were to hear videotaped comments from a handful of survivors. "The Japanese had the most ships, but we knew they were coming - we had cracked their codes. We had the upper hand," explains 97-year-old Andy Mills.
45 photographs: Battle of Midway and the Aleutian Campaign
45 photographs: Battle of Midway and the Aleutian Campaign,
Midway 1942: Turning Point in the Pacific by Mark Stille and Howard Gerrard (book review)
In this #226 book of the Osprey series CAMPAIGN, Author Mark Stille explores some well-known facts of the great naval battle near Midway Island in June of 1942, as well as reveals new information, addresses myths, and presents some provocative ideas. The legendary battle is brought to life with dozens of photos, maps and illustrations by illustrator Howard Gerrard.
Vernon Micheel bombed 2 Japanese aircraft carriers on the same day during the Battle of Midway
Navy Captain Vernon L. Micheel, a World War II naval aviator who played down his feat of bombing two Japanese aircraft carriers on the same day during the Battle of Midway, has passed away at 92. Ensign Micheel had never piloted a plane full of bombs off a carrier before taking to the skies with Scouting Squadron Six from the USS Enterprise on June 4, 1942. His bombs hit two Japanese carriers: the Akagi, which sank that day, and the Hiryu, which - heavily damaged - stayed afloat for another day. Micheel was granted the Navy Cross, the highest military medal that can be awarded by the Navy.
The Battle of Midway: A photographer's perspective
In 1942, a young photographer's mate found himself in the middle of the Battle of Midway. The films and photographs William G. Roy shot are now at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Many of his still pictures can be seen in history books, while his film clips are often used in tv specials on World War II and the War in the Pacific. Roy had gotten permission to film the action on the bridge of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Yorktown. "We had to avoid dive bombers and aerial torpedoes coming from different directions. The captain turned the ship to face the torpedoes head-on..."
Battle of Midway exhibit opens at National World War II Museum
The National World War II Museum has a new exhibit about the Battle of Midway, in which U.S. naval forces crushed a Japanese attempt to seize the strategic island, is viewed as the turning point in the war against Japan. "Incredible Victory: The Battle of Midway" includes photographs, artifacts and a 35m video from veterans who fought or participated in battles leading up to it. Midway matched 3 U.S. aircraft carriers under admirals Raymond Spruance and Jack Fletcher against 4 Japanese carriers under Admiral Chuichi Nagumo. In a matter of minutes on June 4, U.S. dive bombers avenged the day of infamy, sinking 3 of the carriers that attacked Pearl Harbor.
65th anniversary of Midway battle
6 months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, an outnumbered U.S. fleet limped north to confront Japanese ships advancing on the remote Pacific atoll of Midway. The U.S. sank 4 Japanese aircraft carriers and snatched the military advantage. The victory came after a string of setbacks in the Pacific. The U.S. thwarted Japan's intentions with a mixture of code-breaking, smart decisions and luck. The Navy's intelligence experts deciphered encrypted Japanese communications, giving Admiral Chester Nimitz, the U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, the time of the assault and the route Japan's ships would travel to Midway. Japan's commanders were forced to guess about their foes.
65 years after World War II fighting Midway is for the birds (Article no longer available from the original source)
Iwo Jima, Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge. These are some of the famous WWII battles. But some military historians say the most significant battle was fought over 4 days between American and Japanese airplanes flying off hundreds of carriers on a tiny Pacific atoll called Midway. The American victory enabled the U.S. to control the Pacific sea routes. Some historians say Midway was the most important battle, not only of World War II, but of the entire military history of America. I was privileged to be among 12 rarely permitted visitors who were allowed by the US Navy to pay a 2-day overnight visit to this remote island...
Remote Pacific island that saw 1942 Battle of Midway to open
Isolated from most of the world, Midway Atoll could open to visitors on a limited basis. The tentative plan would accommodate fewer than 30 visitors at a time to the remote U.S. island, a historic World War II military site. Known for the crucial 1942 Battle of Midway that turned the tide of World War II in the Pacific, Midway is home to spinner dolphins, pristine beaches and hundreds of thousands of seabirds.