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The Battle of Midway took place between June 4 and June 7, 1942 - six months after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Pictured: USS Yorktown photographed after being hit by Japanese bombs shortly after noon on June 4. This view was taken shortly after the ship lost power. Note that the F4F-4 hunters are still being spotted forward, their location during the attack

Beautiful unseen photos make The Battle of Midway, a decisive naval conflict in the US that inflicts enormous damage on the Japanese fleet.

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The battle took place between June 4 and June 7, 1942 – six months after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

Navy code breakers were able to crack complex Japanese code to reveal a plan to ambush American troops.

The Japanese planned to occupy Midway, a strategic atoll in the US 1,300 miles northwest of Pearl Harbor and to destroy what was left of the US Pacific fleet.

When Japanese airplanes started bombing Midway, American torpedo planes and bombers encountered waves, bombed and dropped four Japanese airlines on June 4.

The fighting lasted three days before the United States appeared to be victorious, although they lost two large ships: carrier Yorktown and destroyer Hammann.

Anthony J. Principi, who served as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from 2001 to 2005, wrote in the Military Times in 2017 on the 75th anniversary of the fight that Marine Commanders coordinated, in a fraction of a second, life decisions and death names & # 39 ;. & # 39;

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& # 39; We won because luck was on our side, because the Japanese made mistakes and because our officers and men acted with great courage in the chaos of the struggle, he wrote.

Midway, a film about the epic battle, will be released on November 8 and will be assisted by director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Patriot, White House Down).

The film has a great line-up of stars including Mandy Moore, Nick Jonas, Luke Evans, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Ed Skrein, Dennis Quaid and Aaron Eckhart.

The Battle of Midway took place between June 4 and June 7, 1942 - six months after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Pictured: USS Yorktown photographed after being hit by Japanese bombs shortly after noon on June 4. This view was taken shortly after the ship lost power. Note that the F4F-4 hunters are still being spotted forward, their location during the attack

The Battle of Midway took place between June 4 and June 7, 1942 – six months after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Pictured: USS Yorktown photographed after being hit by Japanese bombs shortly after noon on June 4. This view was taken shortly after the ship lost power. Note that the F4F-4 hunters are still being spotted forward, their location during the attack

Midway, a film that depicts the epic battle, will be released on November 8 and will be assisted by director Roland Emmerich. The films follow sailors and pilots of the US Navy who survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor and made it to the Battle of Midway. During the battle, the Japanese Imperial Navy launched an attack on an American fleet that hoped to eliminate the Americans as strategic power in the Pacific. The Japanese also hoped for a devastating victory to force the Americans to surrender

Midway, a film that depicts the epic battle, will be released on November 8 and will be assisted by director Roland Emmerich. The films follow sailors and pilots of the US Navy who survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor and made it to the Battle of Midway. During the battle, the Japanese Imperial Navy launched an attack on an American fleet that hoped to eliminate the Americans as strategic power in the Pacific. The Japanese also hoped for a devastating victory to force the Americans to surrender

Midway, a film that depicts the epic battle, will be released on November 8 and will be assisted by director Roland Emmerich. The films follow sailors and pilots of the US Navy who survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor and made it to the Battle of Midway. During the battle, the Japanese Imperial Navy launched an attack on an American fleet that hoped to eliminate the Americans as strategic power in the Pacific. The Japanese also hoped for a devastating victory to force the Americans to surrender

A fatal hit for USS Yorktown. This image also comes from Pensacola and captures the moment when Yorktown, one of the 24 aircraft carriers that was used during the Second World War, tilts while the second torpedo hits its midship. The Japanese Navy & # 39; lured & # 39; the carriers to what they thought would be an effective fall while occupying Midway. It is reported that the failure of the operation was due to the Japanese expectations of the US response that were false
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A fatal hit for USS Yorktown. This image also comes from Pensacola and captures the moment when Yorktown, one of the 24 aircraft carriers that was used during the Second World War, tilts while the second torpedo hits its midship. The Japanese Navy & # 39; lured & # 39; the carriers to what they thought would be an effective fall while occupying Midway. It is reported that the failure of the operation was due to the Japanese expectations of the US response that were false

A fatal hit for USS Yorktown. This image also comes from Pensacola and captures the moment when Yorktown, one of the 24 aircraft carriers that was used during the Second World War, tilts while the second torpedo hits its midship. The Japanese Navy & # 39; lured & # 39; the carriers to what they thought would be an effective fall while occupying Midway. It is reported that the failure of the operation was due to the Japanese expectations of the US response that were false

On June 6 at 11:15 am USS Enterprise launched thirty-one of its intrepid reconnaissance bombers, each armed with 1,000 pounds of bombs, with twelve Wildcats in support. At noon & # 39; noon they saw a group of warships that were supposed to consist of one heavy cruiser, one light cruiser and several destroyers. While part of the bombing group was searching for rumors of battleships, a squadron dived on Japanese heavy cruisers. They first hit Mikuma, followed by subsequent squadrons that targeted Mogami. The last cruiser was hit twice again, once in the midship and once in front of the bridge. A Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless is shown here later in 1942, flying over Enterprise

On June 6 at 11:15 am USS Enterprise launched thirty-one of its intrepid reconnaissance bombers, each armed with 1,000 pounds of bombs, with twelve Wildcats in support. At noon & # 39; noon they saw a group of warships that were supposed to consist of one heavy cruiser, one light cruiser and several destroyers. While part of the bombing group was searching for rumors of battleships, a squadron dived on Japanese heavy cruisers. They first hit Mikuma, followed by subsequent squadrons that targeted Mogami. The last cruiser was hit twice again, once in the midship and once in front of the bridge. A Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless is shown here later in 1942, flying over Enterprise

On June 6 at 11:15 am USS Enterprise launched thirty-one of its intrepid reconnaissance bombers, each armed with 1,000 pounds of bombs, with twelve Wildcats in support. At noon & # 39; noon they saw a group of warships that were supposed to consist of one heavy cruiser, one light cruiser and several destroyers. While part of the bombing group was searching for rumors of battleships, a squadron dived on Japanese heavy cruisers. They first hit Mikuma, followed by subsequent squadrons that targeted Mogami. The last cruiser was hit twice again, once in the midship and once in front of the bridge. A Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless is shown here later in 1942, flying over Enterprise

June 4: The Japanese wanted to occupy Midway, a strategic atoll in the US 1,300 miles northwest of Pearl Harbor and destroy what was left of the US Pacific fleet. Depicted: when the American submarine USS Nautilus approached the Japanese carriers, she came across what was probably Soryu, now on keel with the hull apparently undamaged. While the courier was smoking, there were no flames and the fire seemed under control

June 4: The Japanese wanted to occupy Midway, a strategic atoll in the US 1,300 miles northwest of Pearl Harbor and destroy what was left of the US Pacific fleet. Depicted: when the American submarine USS Nautilus approached the Japanese carriers, she came across what was probably Soryu, now on keel with the hull apparently undamaged. While the courier was smoking, there were no flames and the fire seemed under control

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June 4: The Japanese wanted to occupy Midway, a strategic atoll in the US 1,300 miles northwest of Pearl Harbor and destroy what was left of the US Pacific fleet. Depicted: when the American submarine USS Nautilus approached the Japanese carriers, she came across what was probably Soryu, now on keel with the hull apparently undamaged. While the courier was smoking, there were no flames and the fire seemed under control

The film has a great line-up of stars including Mandy Moore, Nick Jonas, Luke Evans, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Ed Skrein, Dennis Quaid and Aaron Eckhart.

The film has a great line-up of stars including Mandy Moore, Nick Jonas, Luke Evans, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Ed Skrein, Dennis Quaid and Aaron Eckhart.

The film has a great line-up of stars including Mandy Moore, Nick Jonas, Luke Evans, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Ed Skrein, Dennis Quaid and Aaron Eckhart.

Admiral Nimitz is shown here leaving a bunker during his journey after the battle to Midway (left)

Admiral Nimitz is shown here leaving a bunker during his journey after the battle to Midway (left)

In the film, Woody Harrelson plays Admiral Nimitz, the US Navy fleet admiral who is known for his important role in the maritime history of World War II.

In the film, Woody Harrelson plays Admiral Nimitz, the US Navy fleet admiral who is known for his important role in the maritime history of World War II.

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Admiral Nimitz is shown here who leaves a bunker during his journey after the battle to Midway (left). In the film, Woody Harrelson (right) plays Nimitz, the US Navy fleet admiral who is known for his important role in the maritime history of the Second World War

Lives lost and ships sunk in the Battle of Midway

Japanese forces

Sunken ships

carriers: Akagi, Hiryu, Kaga, Sory

Cruisers: Mikuma

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Destroyers: No

In total, four airlines and one cruiser are losing.

victims: 2500

American forces

Sunken ships

carriers: USS Yorktown

Cruisers: No

Destroyers: USS Hammann

A total of one courier and one destroyer lost.

Number of victims: 307

The aftermath of the bombing by Japanese destroyers Ushio and Sazanami on December 7, 1941 - the vault of a PBY-3 Catalina hit by one of the fired shells

The aftermath of the bombing by Japanese destroyers Ushio and Sazanami on December 7, 1941 - the vault of a PBY-3 Catalina hit by one of the fired shells

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The aftermath of the bombing by Japanese destroyers Ushio and Sazanami on December 7, 1941 – the vault of a PBY-3 Catalina hit by one of the fired shells

The Midway monument is located on the Midway Atoll in the northwestern part of the Hawaiian island chain. The monument was erected in August 2015 and is managed by the American Battle Monuments Commission. The caption reads: & # 39; The United States of America honors the courage, sacrifice, and performance of American forces that have successfully defended this island and the surrounding seas against the empire of Japan in the period of 4-7 June 1942. In the minority and outgunned. , they resisted fierce bombing, fought back, and fought the enemy. Bold air strikes in the face of fierce resistance sank four enemy aircraft carriers, turning the tide of World War II into the Pacific. After the Battle of Midway, the United States and their allies continued to win the final victory with ever greater strength and confidence, ensuring the still unborn generations of the blessings of freedom and freedom & # 39;

The Midway monument is located on the Midway Atoll in the northwestern part of the Hawaiian island chain. The monument was erected in August 2015 and is managed by the American Battle Monuments Commission. The caption reads: & # 39; The United States of America honors the courage, sacrifice, and performance of American forces that have successfully defended this island and the surrounding seas against the empire of Japan in the period of 4-7 June 1942. In the minority and outgunned. , they resisted fierce bombing, fought back, and fought the enemy. Bold air strikes in the face of fierce resistance sank four enemy aircraft carriers, turning the tide of World War II into the Pacific. After the Battle of Midway, the United States and their allies continued to win the final victory with ever greater strength and confidence, ensuring the still unborn generations of the blessings of freedom and freedom & # 39;

The Midway monument is located on the Midway Atoll in the northwestern part of the Hawaiian island chain. The monument was erected in August 2015 and is managed by the American Battle Monuments Commission. The caption reads: & # 39; The United States of America honors the courage, sacrifice, and performance of American forces that have successfully defended this island and the surrounding seas against the empire of Japan in the period of 4-7 June 1942. In the minority and outgunned. , they resisted fierce bombing, fought back, and fought the enemy. Bold air strikes in the face of fierce resistance sank four enemy aircraft carriers, turning the tide of World War II into the Pacific. After the Battle of Midway, the United States and their allies continued to win the final victory with ever greater strength and confidence, and ensured freedom and freedom for generations still unborn.

One of Norman Bel Geddes' dioramas, this shows the explosion of the depth bombs on USS Hammann as she sank next to Yorktown. The Tire Vireo is shown on the left and comes back to pick up survivors, while destroyers break off and search for the submarine

One of Norman Bel Geddes' dioramas, this shows the explosion of the depth bombs on USS Hammann as she sank next to Yorktown. The Tire Vireo is shown on the left and comes back to pick up survivors, while destroyers break off and search for the submarine

One of Norman Bel Geddes' dioramas, this shows the explosion of the depth bombs on USS Hammann as she sank next to Yorktown. The Tire Vireo is shown on the left and comes back to pick up survivors, while destroyers break off and search for the submarine

Almost at the same time that Enterprise's VT-6 attacked Japanese airlines, VT-3 delivered its attack, but with no result, killing ten of the twelve Devastators. The image of the squadron pilots seen above was taken at the end of May 1942 at Kaneohe Naval Air Station, Hawaii, just before the Battle of Midway. Most of these men survived the battle
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Almost at the same time that Enterprise's VT-6 attacked Japanese airlines, VT-3 delivered its attack, but with no result, killing ten of the twelve Devastators. The image of the squadron pilots seen above was taken at the end of May 1942 at Kaneohe Naval Air Station, Hawaii, just before the Battle of Midway. Most of these men survived the battle

Almost at the same time that Enterprise's VT-6 attacked Japanese airlines, VT-3 delivered its attack, but with no result, killing ten of the twelve Devastators. The image of the squadron pilots seen above was taken at the end of May 1942 at Kaneohe Naval Air Station, Hawaii, just before the Battle of Midway. Most of these men survived the battle

June 4: The B-17 & # 39; s had barely left when the second part of the VMSB-241 forces appeared from Midway, consisting of eleven Vought SB2U Vindicators under the command of Major Morris. Japanese hunters were found almost immediately at 13,000 feet

June 4: The B-17 & # 39; s had barely left when the second part of the VMSB-241 forces appeared from Midway, consisting of eleven Vought SB2U Vindicators under the command of Major Morris. Japanese hunters were found almost immediately at 13,000 feet

June 4: The B-17 & # 39; s had barely left when the second part of the VMSB-241 forces appeared from Midway, consisting of eleven Vought SB2U Vindicators under the command of Major Morris. Japanese hunters were found almost immediately at 13,000 feet

Burning oil tanks on Sand Island, Midway, after the Japanese air raid on the morning of June 4, 1942. These tanks were near what was then the southern shore of Sand Island. This view looks inland from the proximity of the beach

Burning oil tanks on Sand Island, Midway, after the Japanese air raid on the morning of June 4, 1942. These tanks were near what was then the southern shore of Sand Island. This view looks inland from the proximity of the beach

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Burning oil tanks on Sand Island, Midway, after the Japanese air raid on the morning of June 4, 1942. These tanks were near what was then the southern shore of Sand Island. This view looks inland from the proximity of the beach

The US Naval Air Station on Midway. An aerial view that looks just south of the west over the south side of the Midway atoll. Eastern Island, then the location of Midway airport, is in the foreground. Sand Island, the location of most other basic facilities, is opposite the access channel

The US Naval Air Station on Midway. An aerial view that looks just south of the west over the south side of the Midway atoll. Eastern Island, then the location of Midway airport, is in the foreground. Sand Island, the location of most other basic facilities, is opposite the access channel

The US Naval Air Station on Midway. An aerial view that looks just south of the west over the south side of the Midway atoll. Eastern Island, then the location of Midway airport, is in the foreground. Sand Island, the location of most other basic facilities, is opposite the access channel

Captain Marion Carl was one of the pilots of VMF-221 who opened their "tally" on 4 June when he shot down a Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter. He also damaged two others when driving a Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat

Captain Marion Carl was one of the pilots of VMF-221 who opened their "tally" on 4 June when he shot down a Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter. He also damaged two others when driving a Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat

Captain Marion Carl was one of the pilots of VMF-221 who opened their "tally" on 4 June when he shot down a Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter. He also damaged two others when driving a Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat

A number of Catalinas left Midway at 4.15 am in the hope of spotting the previously undiscovered Japanese airlines. This image shows maintenance work on a PBY-5A Catalina in 1942

A number of Catalinas left Midway at 4.15 am in the hope of spotting the previously undiscovered Japanese airlines. This image shows maintenance work on a PBY-5A Catalina in 1942

A number of Catalinas left Midway at 4.15 am in the hope of spotting the previously undiscovered Japanese airlines. This image shows maintenance work on a PBY-5A Catalina in 1942

Two crew members spend time with a round of & # 39; acey-deucey & # 39 ;, a simple board game that is a variant of backgammon, aboard USS Yorktown on the morning of June 4, 1942

Two crew members spend time with a round of & # 39; acey-deucey & # 39 ;, a simple board game that is a variant of backgammon, aboard USS Yorktown on the morning of June 4, 1942

Two crew members spend time with a round of & # 39; acey-deucey & # 39 ;, a simple board game that is a variant of backgammon, aboard USS Yorktown on the morning of June 4, 1942

This photo shows the preparations in progress on the USS Enterprise cockpit deck just before 7 am on 4 June. The aircraft, Douglas TBD-1 Devastators, are from the Torpedo Squadron 6 (VT-6) of the US Navy

This photo shows the preparations in progress on the USS Enterprise cockpit deck just before 7 am on 4 June. The aircraft, Douglas TBD-1 Devastators, are from the Torpedo Squadron 6 (VT-6) of the US Navy

This photo shows the preparations in progress on the USS Enterprise cockpit deck just before 7 am on 4 June. The aircraft, Douglas TBD-1 Devastators, are from the Torpedo Squadron 6 (VT-6) of the US Navy

When Japanese airplanes started bombing Midway, American torpedo planes and bombers met with 4 waves, bombed and dropped four Japanese aircraft carriers on June 4. Pictured: the upcoming movie shows the fight and is praised as & # 39; the next Pearl Harbor & # 39;

A typical scene for people at sea early in the morning of June 4, 1942. A junior officer poses with a 20mm gun at USS Yorktown, waiting for the action. This gun is one of five in the Yorktown battery after port 20 mm

A typical scene for people at sea early in the morning of June 4, 1942. A junior officer poses with a 20mm gun at USS Yorktown, waiting for the action. This gun is one of five in the Yorktown battery after port 20 mm

A typical scene for people at sea early in the morning of June 4, 1942. A junior officer poses with a 20mm gun at USS Yorktown, waiting for the action. This gun is one of five in the Yorktown battery after port 20 mm

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz can be seen here and awards prizes to naval personnel on the USS Enterprise aircraft deck at Pearl Harbor on May 27, 1942. While Nimitz pinned the Distinguished Flying Cross on Lieutenant Roger W. Mehle for actions in an attack against In the Marshall Islands on 1 February 1942 he said to the young pilot: & # 39; I think you can still win a medal in the coming days & # 39 ;. Nimitz was of course talking about the upcoming Battle of Midway. On the same day, Nimitz announced Operation Plan 29-42, setting out its plan to trap Yamamoto & Striking Force. If it happened, Lieutenant Mehle would lead a section of Grumman F4F Wildcats or Fighting Squadron (VF) 6 that defended USS Yorktown on June 4

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz can be seen here and awards prizes to naval personnel on the USS Enterprise aircraft deck at Pearl Harbor on May 27, 1942. While Nimitz pinned the Distinguished Flying Cross on Lieutenant Roger W. Mehle for actions in an attack against In the Marshall Islands on 1 February 1942 he said to the young pilot: & # 39; I think you can still win a medal in the coming days & # 39 ;. Nimitz was of course talking about the upcoming Battle of Midway. On the same day, Nimitz announced Operation Plan 29-42, setting out its plan to trap Yamamoto & Striking Force. If it happened, Lieutenant Mehle would lead a section of Grumman F4F Wildcats or Fighting Squadron (VF) 6 that defended USS Yorktown on June 4

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz can be seen here and awards prizes to naval personnel on the USS Enterprise aircraft deck at Pearl Harbor on May 27, 1942. While Nimitz pinned the Distinguished Flying Cross on Lieutenant Roger W. Mehle for actions in an attack against In the Marshall Islands on 1 February 1942 he said to the young pilot: & # 39; I think you can still win a medal in the coming days & # 39 ;. Nimitz was of course talking about the upcoming Battle of Midway. On the same day, Nimitz announced Operation Plan 29-42, setting out its plan to trap Yamamoto & Striking Force. If it happened, Lieutenant Mehle would lead a section of Grumman F4F Wildcats or Fighting Squadron (VF) 6 that defended USS Yorktown on June 4

Here the crew of 1st Lieutenant James & # 39; Jim & # 39; Muri & # 39; s B-26, who made a torpedo attack on a Japanese aircraft carrier in the early morning of June 4, 1942. The plane turned out to have more than 500 bullet holes when it landed back in Midway. 1st Lieutenant Muri is in the first row, second from the left. Muri & # 39; s crew dropped a torpedo at a distance of about 450 meters from one of the carriers at a height of 150 feet before they pulled up over the ship

Here the crew of 1st Lieutenant James & # 39; Jim & # 39; Muri & # 39; s B-26, who made a torpedo attack on a Japanese aircraft carrier in the early morning of June 4, 1942. The plane turned out to have more than 500 bullet holes when it landed back in Midway. 1st Lieutenant Muri is in the first row, second from the left. Muri & # 39; s crew dropped a torpedo at a distance of about 450 meters from one of the carriers at a height of 150 feet before they pulled up over the ship

Here the crew of 1st Lieutenant James & # 39; Jim & # 39; Muri & # 39; s B-26, who made a torpedo attack on a Japanese aircraft carrier in the early morning of June 4, 1942. The plane turned out to have more than 500 bullet holes when it landed back in Midway. 1st Lieutenant Muri is in the first row, second from the left. Muri & # 39; s crew dropped a torpedo at a distance of about 450 meters from one of the carriers at a height of 150 feet before they pulled up over the ship

The American base in Midway was no stranger to the Japanese attack. The first enemy attack took place on December 7, 1941, the same day as the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, when the atoll was bombed by destroyers Ushio and Sazanami, who had both been part of the Japanese fleet in Pearl Harbor

The American base in Midway was no stranger to the Japanese attack. The first enemy attack took place on December 7, 1941, the same day as the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, when the atoll was bombed by destroyers Ushio and Sazanami, who had both been part of the Japanese fleet in Pearl Harbor

The American base in Midway was no stranger to the Japanese attack. The first enemy attack took place on December 7, 1941, the same day as the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, when the atoll was bombed by destroyers Ushio and Sazanami, who had both been part of the Japanese fleet in Pearl Harbor

A performance by Norman Bel Geddes, this time depicting the leading elements of VMF-221 intercepting the Japanese air raid formation as it sets off for Midway on the morning of June 4

A performance by Norman Bel Geddes, this time depicting the leading elements of VMF-221 intercepting the Japanese air raid formation as it sets off for Midway on the morning of June 4

A performance by Norman Bel Geddes, this time depicting the leading elements of VMF-221 intercepting the Japanese air raid formation as it sets off for Midway on the morning of June 4

Battle of Midway: America & # 39; s Decisive Strike in the Pacific in WWII by John Grehan can be purchased on Amazon

Battle of Midway: America & # 39; s Decisive Strike in the Pacific in WWII by John Grehan can be purchased on Amazon

Battle of Midway: America & # 39; s Decisive Strike in the Pacific in WWII by John Grehan can be purchased on Amazon

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