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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Corrections:
"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 :
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Ride of the Valkyries - Wagner
Sources:
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.
And of course:
www.combinedfleet.com/

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  1. Alexa Louise B. Agujo

    Alexa Louise B. Agujo

    53 мүнөт мурун

    Wow, I was like watching a movie and made me love history

  2. Kent Higginbotham

    Kent Higginbotham

    Саат мурун

    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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  4. Margot Metroland

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    4 саат мурун

    Really excellent. I have never understood this operation.

  5. Shmuel Johnson

    Shmuel Johnson

    4 саат мурун

    Hey Montemayor, What are the names of the musical tracks in this vid barring the obvious Ride of the Valkyries? What is your next project now this series is concluded?

  6. Wild West

    Wild West

    5 саат мурун

    Very professional and accurate. Kudos to you!

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    i would have collected aswell

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    Id rather re watch this than Midway 2019

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    Japanese history book doesn’t talk about WW2 at all.

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    The ultimate battle would be won with high quality manufactured goods that we now get to buy! Thank you Japan!

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    Dude... this was freaking amazing.

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    Anyone else running scenes from the movie Midway? Classic.

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    Great video, two thumbs up but i can't stop thinking about the life of young men who died in this operation and for that matter any war out there.

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  26. NEUTRAL OBSERVER

    NEUTRAL OBSERVER

    2 күн мурун

    You describe this as being "told from the Japanese perspective," but then you repeatedly present information which is only known to an omniscient observer, that is, information which was obtained from the historical record. Click bait. Click bait. Click bait. Bait switch. Bait switch. Bait switch. I'm gone. I'm gone. I'm gone.

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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.

  34. Smack Attack

    Smack Attack

    2 күн мурун

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

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    this was absolutely brilliant.

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    3 күн мурун

    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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    3 күн мурун

    good animation #bnb #btc #btt #pancakeswap

  42. Jones F

    Jones F

    3 күн мурун

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

    • Noshur Viverse

      Noshur Viverse

      3 күн мурун

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

  43. Justin Archibald

    Justin Archibald

    3 күн мурун

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

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  46. bh2020 :

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    3 күн мурун

    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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  48. Daniel Lynch

    Daniel Lynch

    4 күн мурун

    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.

  49. Paul Hicks

    Paul Hicks

    4 күн мурун

    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.

  50. Alexander Novikov

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    4 күн мурун

    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....

  51. David Moore

    David Moore

    4 күн мурун

    Midway was the most important, but it was not the biggest naval fight of WWII.

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      twice

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    Jay Dee

    4 күн мурун

    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.

  56. Lavalambtron

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    5 күн мурун

    We are waiting for china 🇨🇳 to try something similar in the 21st century, the aim will be the same, to defeat the US for good.

  57. Cheezburger15

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    5 күн мурун

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

  58. Erhardt

    Erhardt

    5 күн мурун

    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

    • Noshur Viverse

      Noshur Viverse

      4 күн мурун

      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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    6 күн мурун

    The Japanese attack on Pearl was pure luck that they weren’t disastrously wiped out. Incredible Japanese luck that US fleet and air were on stand down for that 1 day out of 4 straight weeks of defensive high alert and drills. Not true that the Japanese fielded the best pilots. The Zhuikaku’s and Shokaku’s air wings were recently formed and lacked all but rudimentary training. They were new (about 3-400 hours) untested, and not trained in combat maneuvers, bombing, or hard core dogfighting - they were only entrusted with strafing the airfields. US Pilots on the other hand typically had 700 flight hours and extensive training in combat On the other hand, Midway was pure American luck. The odds of the Tone’s rece plane being late with mech problems and it being on a flight path to discover the US forces was really tiny odds. Further, the odds of a garbled spotting report by that plane when it finally flew over the US fleet added to US luck in a priceless way.

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  77. Patrick R.

    Patrick R.

    6 күн мурун

    So detailed, I couldn't stop watching!

  78. JayTB

    JayTB

    7 күн мурун

    is it bad i've watched this like 15 times in the past 2 weeks. Which doesn't include all the times before that.

  79. sam moore

    sam moore

    7 күн мурун

    Did the first wave get to land, or ditch?

  80. Penultimate H

    Penultimate H

    7 күн мурун

    Right after the battle, Nagumo had no idea that the piecemeal arrival of the American squadrons was happenstance. He thought that three helpless torpedo squadrons had intentionally thrown themselves against him as a pure diversion, sacrificing themselves "like Samurai" he said, so that their brothers could hit him from above. If these supposedly decadent Americans were really capable of doing something like THAT, there was no hope.

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  88. Doug Batt

    Doug Batt

    7 күн мурун

    Informative and the timeline detail of Nagumo's Dilemma was helpful. You should also consider other decisive historical engagements land or sea.

  89. Aldo Fitla

    Aldo Fitla

    7 күн мурун

    Admiral Yamamoto : "USA is a sleeping giant. Once you awaked him , you got six month to kill him. After 6 months , it s too late."

    • CAT

      CAT

      7 күн мурун

      @Aldo Fitla Read the link i posted, it's fictional quote from movie.

    • Aldo Fitla

      Aldo Fitla

      7 күн мурун

      @CAT Yamamoto studied in USA. And his assessment of US firepower was accurate.

    • CAT

      CAT

      7 күн мурун

      This is probably just movie quote. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isoroku_Yamamoto%27s_sleeping_giant_quote

  90. Lennysunday

    Lennysunday

    8 күн мурун

    Stupid decision.

  91. FTheLeo

    FTheLeo

    8 күн мурун

    Please make a part 2 of the Major battles of WW2. Can you make Stalingrad? Your narration is excellent

  92. ArnoldXD

    ArnoldXD

    8 күн мурун

    Having half your force kitted for naval warfare you should of set your priority for the naval battle after such an attack rather that changing ordinance. Critical mistake since he had intelligence suggesting an enemy presence. it would of been better to use your superior range and launch the naval planes well before the midway strike group got back. Refitting them only tightened schedule. Also he should of focused on launching any plane up into the sky with any of the 4 carriers for air defense rather than having them all do dangerous maneuvers. I don't think it takes long to launch 1 plane and that's what they needed. once they were being pressured.

    • Noshur Viverse

      Noshur Viverse

      7 күн мурун

      Zeroes were being launched pretty much constantly. The carriers started with about 12 CAP planes overhead, at the time of the dive bomber attack at 1025 there was about 45 in the air.

  93. Eric Peters

    Eric Peters

    8 күн мурун

    This is how a damn documentary should be. To the point without all the theatrics. Kudos and outstanding job.

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      2 күн мурун

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    • mlovmo

      mlovmo

      3 күн мурун

      And without an IRRITATING title segment!

    • Andy Brennand

      Andy Brennand

      8 күн мурун

      Makes the History channel look stupid.

  94. jarrod yuki

    jarrod yuki

    8 күн мурун

    i hate america!!!

    • jarrod yuki

      jarrod yuki

      7 күн мурун

      @Shain Andrews once America is yellowstoned japan china and germany will once again overtake the world.

    • Shain Andrews

      Shain Andrews

      7 күн мурун

      @jarrod yuki You are clearly a small child.

    • jarrod yuki

      jarrod yuki

      7 күн мурун

      @Shain Andrews women have no authority to lecture men. much less adult men.

    • Shain Andrews

      Shain Andrews

      7 күн мурун

      @jarrod yuki I think you are a misguided kid trying to troll... poorly...

    • jarrod yuki

      jarrod yuki

      8 күн мурун

      @Shain Andrews for the two atomic bombs and taking away our empire there.

  95. Conundrum

    Conundrum

    8 күн мурун

    It seems like, given the fact that capturing Midway was never the true purpose of the attack, rearming to attack land targets was a horrible idea in the first place. Who cares if you don't take the island? The island isn't what matters.

  96. David Currens

    David Currens

    8 күн мурун

    Awesome presentation

  97. Francesco Ruosi

    Francesco Ruosi

    8 күн мурун

    amazing video

  98. Craig Nguyen

    Craig Nguyen

    8 күн мурун

    do the american planned this? by waves of weak ess attack to keep nagumo planes unable to launch then strike from two sides?

  99. Nikolaos Pseudonymous

    Nikolaos Pseudonymous

    8 күн мурун

    Wait, all the Japanese missions were codenamed with the initials of their target? I really hope that is a translation thing or just what the Americans called it afterwords.

  100. Freddy Fox 500

    Freddy Fox 500

    8 күн мурун

    We could build schools and hospitals for everyone on earth, but choose to fight each other instead."An organism at war with it self is doomed."

    • SpaceyGnat

      SpaceyGnat

      7 күн мурун

      You realize that both of those things would be redundant without war?

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