Battle Of Midway Essay

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As the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 the United States officially entered World War Two. The Japanese government later learned later that this single event set off an explosion that subsequently caused the United States to attack the Midway Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Pearl Harbor was one of the United States largest naval bases and the largest in the Pacific Ocean. This attack ceased all trade with Japan and officially added Japan as one of the US enemies. With a new world war started it created new concerns for the army. “World War II introduced a whole new set of problems in naval tactics” (Smith, 1). The main change driving these changes was the fact that aircraft ...view middle of the document...

By April the new strategy was planned and executed into action through several threats to the Imperial Army. The new plan formed came to be known as the Central Pacific. Admiral Yamamoto (admiral of a combined fleet for Japan) became the primary person in charge of planning and executing this new plan. He proposed to attack Pearl Harbor again, except indirectly this time through strategic planning. Troops started preparing for an advance toward Port Moresby and eventually a confrontation with the US Navy. This move by the Imperial Navy caused retaliation by the American troops as code talkers intercepted and de-coded the Japanese message.
On April 18 Colonel James Doolittle and a small number of American airmen from the U.S. Air Corps launched an attack from the USS Hornet towards the Japanese home islands. The raid was aimed to bomb several target cities such as Tokyo and other cities. While this event was insignificant and caused little damage it inflicted fear in the citizens of Japan. As a result, “caused the Japanese to want to extend their first line of defense as far east as possible, the Japanese advanced the date of their planned attack on Midway... Imperial...

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