Battle of Midway Islands
The Battle of Midway (Japanese: ????????) is widely regarded as the most important
naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. Between 4 and 7 June 1942,
approximately one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea and six months after Japan's attack on
Pearl Harbor, the United States Navy decisively defeated an Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) attack
against Midway Atoll, inflicting irreparable damage on the Japanese.
The Japanese operation, like the earlier attack on Pearl Harbor, aimed to eliminate the United
States as a strategic power in the Pacific, thereby giving Japan a free hand in establishing its
Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. It was hoped another demoralizing defeat would force
the U.S. to negotiate an end to the Pacific War on conditions favorable to Japan.
The Japanese plan was to lure the United States' few remaining aircraft carriers into a trap. The
Japanese also intended to occupy Midway Atoll as part of an overall pla
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