|Battle of Midway|
|Part of the Pacific Theater of World War II|
|United States||Empire of Japan|
|Commanders and leaders|
| Chester Nimitz|
Frank J. Fletcher
Raymond A. Spruance
| Isoroku Yamamoto
The Battle of Midway is widely regarded as the most important one of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. The United States Navy decisively defeated an Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) attack against Midway Atoll, inflicting irreparable damage on the Japanese aircraft carrier force and seizing the strategic initiative.
Battle of Midway in Days of Infamy
After the United States retook Hawaii in 1943, Midway became a critical airbase for Japan. The U.S., already on a roll with the liberation of Hawaii, began making plans to invade Midway in the closing months of 1943.
Battle of Midway in "News From the Front"
Due to the sinking of the USS Yorktown off Oahu in May 1942, only the Hornet and the Saratoga could defend Midway against the Japanese, but due to the Honolulu Advertiser posting the story in advance, the Japanese knew of the plan and the Battle of Midway was lost. The San Francisco Chronicle later reported on the disaster, claiming that reliable sources said both carriers were sunk.