Battle of Midway

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The Battle of Midway was in June 1942 during World War II. In this battle, the war turned against the Japanese and would not turn back. Due to the losses they suffered, their offensive strategy turned to a defensive strategy.

The Japanese brought together the largest naval force in the world near Midway Island in the Pacific, 165 warships.[1] One soldier with superb vision noticed some dots on the horizon during a routine surveillance flight in the Pacific, and discovered the massive Japanese fleet. Alerting his aircraft carrier of the find, Admiral Chester Nimitz, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, launched an attack and won the Battle of Midway, which was the turning point in the war against the Japanese.[2] While the Japanese only lost five ships, four of those ships were aircraft carriers.[3]



  1. Encyclopedia of Military History, Dupuy and Dupuy, 1977, Pg. 1146
  3. Encyclopedia of Military History, Dupuy and Dupuy, 1977, Pg. 1148