Battle Of Midway Essay

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“When first spotted by our screening ships and combat air control, they were still not visible from the carriers, but they soon appeared as tiny dark specks in the blue sky, little above the horizon...” Mitsuo Fuchida, a Japanese captain in the Japanese Navy during World War 2 recalled about the Battle of Midway. The Battle of Midway took place on the island of Midway Atoll on June 4 - June 7, 1942, and was a conflict between Japan and United States of America. The Japanese Navy tried to take over the Midway Atoll, but unbeknownst to them, the U.S cracked the code and surprised them at the Midway Atoll with their navy. The code the U.S received on plans the Japanese Navy had made to siege the island of Midway Atoll caused the Battle of Midway and…show more content…
America had 3 aircraft carriers (Yorktown, Enterprise and Hornet), 8 cruisers, 14 destroyers, and the aircraft located at Midway. The Battle of Midway began quickly. Many bombs were dropped on the ships at sea. The turning point of the battle was when the Japanese battleships sunk because the aircraft in the sky forced them to shoot at the planes, but more bombers dropped bombs on the Japanese battleships, causing them to sink. This loss of Japanese aircraft proved a deciding factor in the battle. Japanese fleet commander Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto made plans to lead the Japanese Navy and attack the 2 islands that make up Midway Atoll. He thought that the U.S. could not win a battle based so close to its broken Pearl Harbor. Admiral Yamamoto was expecting to ambush America, but America surprised them with the ambush. American Navy successfully sank the Japanese Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, and Hiryu aircraft carriers, with 322 planes and over 5,000 soldiers on them. Japan also lost the heavy cruiser
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