Military history

The Battle of Midway

The Battle of Midway

There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway. At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. By sunset, their vaunted carrier force (the Kido Butai) had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever.


Chapter 1: CinCPac

Chapter 2: The Kidō Butai

Chapter 3: The Brown Shoe Navy

Chapter 4: American Counterstrike

Chapter 5: Seeking the Decisive Battle

Chapter 6: Pete and Jimmy

Chapter 7: The Code Breakers

Chapter 8: The Battle of the Coral Sea

Chapter 9: The Eve of Battle

Chapter 10: Opening Act

Chapter 11: Nagumo’s Dilemma (4:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.)

Chapter 12: The Flight to Nowhere (7:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.)

Chapter 13: Attack of the Torpedo Squadrons (8:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.)

Chapter 14: The Tipping Point (7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.)

Chapter 15: The Japanese Counterstrike ( 6:00 p.m.)

Chapter 16: Denouement


Appendix A: American and Japanese Aircraft Carriers

Appendix B: American and Japanese Aircraft

Appendix C: American Order of Battle at Midway

Appendix D: Japanese Order of Battle at Midway

Appendix E: How Much Did the U.S. Know of Japanese Plans?

Appendix F: The Flight to Nowhere