Battle of Midway

WWII: The Greater East Asia War

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Battle of Midway

World War II, Pacific War, Second Sino-Japanese War (7 June 1942)

Historical Map of East Asia & the Western Pacific

Both the Doolittle Raid and the Battle of the Coral Sea emphasized the threat US air power still posed to Japan. To deny the US its air bases and draw out its outnumbered navy, the Japanese overran central China, invaded the Aleutian Islands and launched an attack on Midway Island. Unfortunately for the Japanese, the Americans had cracked their codes, and it was the smaller US fleet that prevailed at Midway, sinking Japan's aircraft carrier force.

Main Events

Japan conducts Zhejiang-Jiangxi Campaign against China

Japanese bomb Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Islands

Battle of Midway

In an attempt to lure the US Pacific Fleet's few remaining aircraft carriers into a trap, the Imperial Japanese Navy launches an offensive against Midway Atoll. However, warned of Japanese plans by its codebreakers, the US is prepared for the attack and successfully ambushes the Japanese force, sinking all four of its major aircraft carriers - Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, and Hiryu - and a heavy cruiser for the loss of just the carrier Yorktown and a destroyer.

Occupation of Kiska and Attu

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