Part 2 – Miracle at Midway: Turning the Tide
Few battles have been as decisive as the June 1942 Battle of Midway. In an attempt to establish a lodgment only a thousand miles from Pearl Harbor as well as to lure out and destroy the remaining U.S. Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy Combined Fleet, crafted and launched a multi-pronged air and naval attack on Midway Island. Using exceptional intelligence gathering, Admiral Chester Nimitz, Pacific Commander-in-Chief, staged the remaining U.S. Navy carriers northeast of Midway Island, where thy could intercept and ambush the attacking Japanese forces. The second lecture in the World War II in the Pacific series addresses the planning for and execution of the Battle of Midway, which turned the tide of war in the Pacific and led to the destruction of the four Japanese carriers that had formed the heart of the Mobile Force or Kido Butai.