Midway, the Battle That Ultimately Doomed Japan in WWII By: John King Could a loss at Midway have

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Midway, the Battle That Ultimately Doomed Japan in WWII
By: John King Could a loss at Midway have cost America the Pacific, and led to WWII ending in a different way? The Battle of Midway is know as the turning point of the war in the Pacific. It turned the tables and put the United States into an offensive position. Midway was one, if not the, most important battle of World War II because of the background,strategies, battle tactics, and most importantly the outcome and effects of this battle. “Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” These words were spoken the day after the bombing of Pearl
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The U.S. lost one aircraft carrier, the USS Lexington, and the USS Yorktown was severely damaged, but would make it back to port for repair. These Pacific battles were what led to the Japanese Empire trying to deliver a finishing blow to the U.S. Navy. The Japanese commander, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was in command of the Japanese Pacific Fleet. The Japanese plan was very simple. First, they would create a diversion by launching an attack on the Aleutian Islands. Then, they would send three groups of ships to Midway. One was a group of soldiers to invade the island. The second group was battleships, the heavy gun power. One of these happened to be the largest battleship in the world, the Yamato. And finally, the third group contained four big aircraft carriers and their battle task force. The carriers held a combined 248 planes. They planned to attack and destroy the U.S. base. This attack would make the U.S. send their carriers to the island to try and save the island. They would ambush the U.S. carriers and destroy them once they got there. To the Japanese, their plan was unstoppable because they had three times more ships than the U.S. and the element of surprise.
Unfortunately for Japan, they made the mistake of under-estimating the U.S. intelligence agency. In Pearl Harbor, where the war started, the U.S. deciphered the code the Japanese were using to communicate. They were able to learn very important details that would help incredibly in their

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