The Battle of Midway 1942: Told from the Japanese Perspective (1/3)

(Animated Battle Map)
This is part one of a three part video series covering Operation MI. As you can see I spent a considerable amount of time covering Nagumo’s Dilemma. To me it's one of most striking examples of how tough it can be for a commander to make a decision based on the information at hand. I found that to be the most interesting aspect of the battle.
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"Strength" , "Auxiliary", and "unknown" are misspelled in the video.
At 22:55 I should have stated “North of Midway” instead of Northeast of Midway. The illustration shows a 10 degree 240 nm from midway location. Not so Northeast as I audibly stated.
At 23:43 I should have stated 79 aircraft instead of 78 and I should have displayed 35 instead of 34 torpedo bombers. the “mistake” came about because sources still differ on whether there were 27 or 26 Carrier attack planes (Kates). If it was 27 it would have been 79 Planes. if it was 26 it would have been 78. During the recording I somehow mixed up the numbers.
Additional Notes:
notice that the carriers started off the battle in a box formation. This provided further mutual support for their rather weak AA fire. however, due to the incessant air attacks from VT-8, VT-6 and VT-3, the carriers were never able to reform in a box formation, instead they were in a ragged line which further worsened their AA capabilities.
-----------------------------------------Spoiler Below regarding Nagumo's Dilemma---------------------------------------------
So what was the answer to Nagumo’s Dilemma?
“Taking all together, and admittedly operating with the benefit of hindsight, the “right” answer to Nagumo’s conundrum probably should have emphasized maneuver, offensive speed in preference to mass, and passive damage control. With fifteen minutes in which to act, he didn’t really have time to implement anything terribly fancy. But he could have helped himself immensely by immediately spotting every strike airplane in his hangars, whether they were armed or not, and launching them at the Americans. The sixty-four armed aircraft he had in had were perfectly capable of doing enormous damage to his enemy. And by emptying his hangars, he removed the single greatest danger to his carriers --- the presence of fueled and armed aircraft within them.”
Parshall, Jonathan B.; Tully, Anthony P.: Shattered Sword. The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway. Potomac Books: United States, 2007 : p. 170
Music :
Ride of the Valkyries - Wagner
Isom, D. W. (2007). Midway inquest: Why the Japanese lost the Battle of Midway. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.
Lundstrom, J. B. (2013). The First Team Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway. New York: Naval Institute Press.
Parshall, Jonathan B.; Tully, Anthony P.: Shattered Sword. The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway. Potomac Books: United States, 2007.
Stille, M. (2010). Midway 1942: Turning-point in the Pacific(Vol. 226, Campaign). Oxford: Osprey Publishing.
Toll, I. W. (2012). Pacific crucible: War at sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942. New York: W.W. Norton.
Willmott, H. P. (2008). The barrier and the javelin: Japanese and Allied Pacific strategies, February to June 1942. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press.
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  • Haste over cleverness: I would of launched the strike if I had to attack. But to be honest, I would of ordered the retreat A LONG time ago.

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  • A hybrid strategy. Disperse the fleet, steaming away in different directions. Launch zeros to form a fighter screen in the direction of the sighting. Recover Tomanaga. Then send the whole fighter force to destroy the enemy fleet. The islands would be no threat. Once all the American ships have been sorted out, head back to Midway and crater the runway for good measure.

    David GriffithsDavid Griffiths2 күн мурун
  • Best narrative of The Battle of Midway I've ever seen. And, the Flight of The Valkyries music at the final attack made it so exciting. Tears! Bravo! Great job!!! My father wasn't at this battle, but he served on CV-6 USS Enterprise.

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  • 27:29 can't comment because I know too much about this battle. But the choice doesn't matter because Midway was a huge trap as the americans codebreakers know the plans and all counter-plans and the japanese wouldn't survive either way.

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    • Claiming you know too much is honestly such a stupid notion. Also, Rochefort's codebreakers only knew the dates and direction of attack of Nagumo's task force not their exact real time location. And counter-plans? Are you trying to sound intelligent by making shit up now?

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  • WOW! As a layman who has studied this battle for a lifetime as I read Walter Lord’s Incredible Victory and I have always faulted Nagumo! WELL DONE!! It was an INCREDIBLE VICTORY and a God Thing that we won! Great VIDEO!!

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  • Very professional and accurate. Kudos to you!

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  • So imagine you're one of six out of an original sixteen pilots to make it back to the carrier. Refuel, rearm and off you go again. Jeezuz.

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  • Well done.

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  • Couldn't they at least launched a couple of search planes during the 15 minutes to conform?

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  • 12:45 I felt so bad for the poor dude, didn’t get anything for his heroic attempt. Cheers to you

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  • Icredible great job. Thank you !

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  • good animation #bnb #btc #btt #pancakeswap

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  • What does 'spot aircraft' mean in this context (24:30)? Does it mean to send out reconnaissance planes?

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    • Spotting means to bring aircraft up from the hanger, get them into launching positions and warm up the engines.

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  • This is still one of the best tellings of the Battle of Midway I have ever seen!

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  • From the Japanese point of view they were trying to deal a major blow to dishearten the U.S. However, the U.S. was never going to get disheartened as they were working on the atom bomb at full speed.

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  • Spectacular. I have read multiple books about Midway and while this animation did not show anything I didn't know, it is presented so beautifully. Anybody who wants to know Midway could start with this video THEN go to the books.

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  • Outstandingly well researched, well presented piece of work. If the history channels had anyone half as well informed - and as capable in conveying information, they would be transformed. I congratulate you.

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  • LOL BIGgEST OPPONENT>?! educate yourself merican.. qauntun army was destroyed BY USSR.... USA just did NUCLEAR BOBMBING OF NON MILITARY OBJECTS....Hiroshima and Nagasaki... yes make that video that you will be looking at least sort of warriors...ITS BIGGEST shame moment for your country..and whole humanity history..... hypocrites, thugs, amoral . take care exceptionals lol....

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  • Americans be like " let's show them the sun lmao "

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  • They tried to reveal the intention for posterity. Sadly, it was a ninja attack. Highly dishonored themselves. That said. I think the JDF should be activated as the JAF the anti-terror branch of American military. Let the ninja out and the samurai serve the will of his honored oath. They'd eat the shit up, fundamentalists be damned! Activate Japanese warrior ethos. The cultures we build together will mesh seamlessly.

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  • This kind of format for a video, making us the commanding officer, and giving reasoning for the decisions is amazing

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  • Well... This is something for the Navy War college for Flag Staff Officers to study... like I’m sure they do anyway ... Very nice indeed sir 👍🥳✌️

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  • Nagumo: Were gonna invade midway! USA: So you have chosen death

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    • Actually, Nagumo was more in favor of a transition to a defensive strategy. However, despite being the officer commanding the Kido Butai he had rather little political power, so his opposition meant little.

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