Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Battle Of "Midway" - More Footage

Take a look at "Midway", the new WWII movie, directed by Roland Emmerich, starring Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Darren Criss and Woody Harrelson, opening US "Veteran's Day" weekend November 8, 2019:

"...the 'Battle of Midway' was a decisive naval battle in the 'Pacific Theater' of World War II that took place between 4 and 7 June 1942, only six months after Japan's attack on 'Pearl Harbor' and one month after the 'Battle of the Coral Sea'.

"The United States Navy under Admirals 'Chester W. Nimitz', 'Frank Jack Fletcher' and 'Raymond A. Spruance' defeated an attacking fleet of the 'Imperial Japanese Navy' under Admirals 'Isoroku Yamamoto', 'Chūichi Nagumo' and 'Nobutake Kondō' near 'Midway Atoll', inflicting devastating damage on the Japanese fleet that proved irreparable.

"The Japanese operation, like the earlier attack on Pearl Harbor, sought 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'. 

"The Japanese hoped another demoralizing defeat would force the U.S. to capitulate in the Pacific War and thus ensure Japanese dominance in the Pacific.

"Luring the American aircraft carriers into a trap and occupying Midway was part of an overall 'barrier' strategy to extend Japan's defensive perimeter, in response to the 'Doolittle' air raid on Tokyo. 

"This operation was also considered preparatory for further attacks against Fiji, Samoa, and Hawaii itself.

"The plan was handicapped by faulty Japanese assumptions of the American reaction. 

"Most significantly, American cryptographers were able to determine the date and location of the planned attack, enabling the forewarned U.S. Navy to prepare its own ambush. 

"Four Japanese and three American aircraft carriers participated in the battle. 

"The four Japanese fleet carriers—'Akagi', 'Kaga', 'Sōryū' and 'Hiryū', part of the six-carrier force that had attacked Pearl Harbor six months earlier—were all sunk, as was the heavy cruiser 'Mikuma'. The U.S. lost the carrier 'Yorktown' and the destroyer 'Hammann'.

"After Midway and the exhausting attrition of the 'Solomon Islands' campaign, Japan's capacity to replace its losses rapidly became insufficient to cope with mounting casualties. 

"The 'Battle of Midway', is widely considered a turning point in the Pacific War..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Midway"....