Six months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, they launched another assault with plans to occupy Midway Atoll and eliminate the United States’ naval power in the Pacific Ocean. However, things didn’t go as planned. The result was a naval battle that took place between June 4-7, 1942, which would prove to be one of the most decisive battles in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Take an in-depth look at the strategies used on both sides, the weaponry utilized, and what made the Battle of Midway one of the most impactful of the war.
The Goal Of The Battle Was To Destroy The United States’ Remaining Aircraft Carriers
The Battle of Midway was under the command of Isoroku Yamamoto, the mastermind behind the attack on Pearl Harbor and the commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy. His ultimate goal for the battle was to destroy any of the remaining United States aircraft carriers that may have escaped destruction during the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor.
The Battle of Midway was also instigated after the Doolittle air raid (also called the Tokyo air raid), which was the first assault on the Japanese mainland by the US. It was launched from the USS Hornet.