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The Battle for Midway Fought Off the Mid-Pacific Base at Midway Island

The Battle of the Midway was fought off the mid-Pacific base at Midway Island on

June 4-7, 1942. Up to this point in the war Japan maintained ocean superiority over the

United States. This battle was a major turning point in the Pacific front. After this battle

Japan was essentially our equal, but with air superiority, we soon took the upper hand and

The Japanese decided to attack the U.S. fleet at Midway in hopes of destroying the

Pacific Fleet's aircraft carriers. The aircraft carriers were essential to the U.S. for carrying

out our bombing raids on the Japanese. The Japanese also wanted to establish a naval

base at Midway Island, but couldn't do so because of the American presence on the

Island.. The Japanese surprise attack was to be carried out on June 4, 1942. The Japanese

plan to attack Midway Island was plotted by Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (the Admiral

who planned the Pearl Harbor attack) . This plan was thwarted by American intelligence,

who knew about the attack well before the Japanese were in position to attack. The

United States set up an ambush for the Japanese by having our carriers ready for the

attack. Once the Japanese arrived on June 4th, our trap for them succeeded when our

aircraft sank four of their fleet carriers. We only lost one out of three carriers that were

stationed there that day, and very few aircraft. It was a lot of luck and good American

intelligence that helped us succeed at the Battle of Midway. Without air cover the

Japanese fleet of battleships were forced to retreat, playing no role in this battle.

The American victory at the Battle of Midway Island was so decisive, and American

air power was so dominant that this battle caused a shift in the initiative in the Pacific

War to the Americans. After this battle American pilots would continue to inflict heavy

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