The Battle of Midway 1942: Told from the Japanese Perspective (1/3)

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(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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"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 :
Ride of the Valkyries - Wagner
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:

boulmaouahibe 4 саат мурун
Dude u seriously should do a video this style about the santacruz islands battle between ijn and usnavy
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Marcin Anesyrjusz Cieślak
Marcin Anesyrjusz Cieślak 10 саат мурун
In books (after war 1 or 2 ) (from Japanesse cultures) there are low of duality of Americans citizen - mix of good & bad -> good. Idk how it's works XD
idk whatijustposted
idk whatijustposted 14 саат мурун
Imagine you signed up for the air force. Became a pilot. Then die even before you had a chance to launch those torpedoes. Those initial attacks were such brutal losses
Dr. Merle
Dr. Merle 15 саат мурун
The Japanese loss of aircraft was near 100%. All carrier based aircraft left after air combat had no place to land as all four carriers were sunk. The only aircraft which might have survived were scout aircraft launched from other types of ships, typically battleships or cruisers, which were not sunk.
Gregory Wright
Gregory Wright 6 саат мурун
The planes were lost, but many pilots were recovered by other ships. The Guadalcanal campaign ground a lot of those survivors down.
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Eloise Lukes 21 саат мурун
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ben nood
ben nood 2 күн мурун
Haste over cleverness: I would of launched the strike if I had to attack. But to be honest, I would of ordered the retreat A LONG time ago.
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Patty Maron 2 күн мурун
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David Griffiths
David Griffiths 3 күн мурун
A hybrid strategy. Disperse the fleet, steaming away in different directions. Launch zeros to form a fighter screen in the direction of the sighting. Recover Tomanaga. Then send the whole fighter force to destroy the enemy fleet. The islands would be no threat. Once all the American ships have been sorted out, head back to Midway and crater the runway for good measure.
Gregory Wright
Gregory Wright 5 саат мурун
Lots of RDF-able radio messages to carry that out. Plus no one in the air would be expecting that, and many did not have radios. Zeroes have no radar so need help from ships to find incoming strikes that they cannot see. "In the direction" was kind of vague, and if you look at where the carrier strike groups actually approached from it was mostly not southeast. Dispersing the fleet would disperse anti-air and anti-sub defenses as well. And sending all fighters would do little to hurt enemy fleet - they only have 20mm cannons.
Anonymous Anonymous
Anonymous Anonymous 3 күн мурун
Best narrative of The Battle of Midway I've ever seen. And, the Flight of The Valkyries music at the final attack made it so exciting. Tears! Bravo! Great job!!! My father wasn't at this battle, but he served on CV-6 USS Enterprise.
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Mubasshir Hossain 3 күн мурун
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atom_1236 3 күн мурун
31:02 what's the Background music? I really need it.
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Daniel Bunyan 4 күн мурун
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James Kong 4 күн мурун
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chuckschilling 4 күн мурун
Believing that the USA at that time was going to "surrender" was the most foolish calculus ever arrived upon in the history of warfare.
chuckschilling 5 саат мурун
@Gregory Wright That was delusional, regardless of what he "hoped". And based on his experiences in the US prior to the war, he should have known better. It was foolishly naive.
Gregory Wright
Gregory Wright 5 саат мурун
Yamamoto was hoping for a decisive enough battle that the US would be forced to agree to a truce. They were also counting on our distraction with helping UK & USSR against Germany.
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Bob Kim
Bob Kim 4 күн мурун
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Mr Pigeon
Mr Pigeon 4 күн мурун
i watched the movie midway (:
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C 4 күн мурун
Tone 4 was bullshitin' all the way lmao. He's probably mad they got him flying a sea plane instead of a fighter
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percy terry 5 күн мурун
That was the best documentary saga thought he got away Scott free NOT
Crystal Mir
Crystal Mir 5 күн мурун
27:29 can't comment because I know too much about this battle. But the choice doesn't matter because Midway was a huge trap as the americans codebreakers know the plans and all counter-plans and the japanese wouldn't survive either way.
C 4 күн мурун
Claiming you know too much is honestly such a stupid notion. Also, Rochefort's codebreakers only knew the dates and direction of attack of Nagumo's task force not their exact real time location. And counter-plans? Are you trying to sound intelligent by making shit up now?
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B. Kent Wallace
B. Kent Wallace 5 күн мурун
Excellent Job. I was just checking it out, and I was sucked in!
Alexa Louise B. Agujo
Alexa Louise B. Agujo 5 күн мурун
Wow, I was like watching a movie and made me love history
Kent Higginbotham
Kent Higginbotham 5 күн 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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Margot Metroland
Margot Metroland 5 күн мурун
Really excellent. I have never understood this operation.
Shmuel Johnson
Shmuel Johnson 5 күн 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?
Wild West
Wild West 6 күн мурун
Very professional and accurate. Kudos to you!
I'm Snowman
I'm Snowman 6 күн мурун
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kristina Franco
kristina Franco 6 күн мурун
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SAM7K 6 күн мурун
Id rather re watch this than Midway 2019
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Ivan Espinoza 6 күн мурун
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Lt. Mav
Lt. Mav 6 күн мурун
Japanese history book doesn’t talk about WW2 at all.
TWINK THE TROLL 6 күн мурун
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charles desurne 5 күн мурун
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Chad J
Chad J 6 күн мурун
Dude... this was freaking amazing.
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Mike Carney
Mike Carney 6 күн мурун
Anyone else running scenes from the movie Midway? Classic.
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ClydeJarrod37UK 7 күн мурун
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Doctor Strange Love
Doctor Strange Love 7 күн мурун
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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Donette Shonna 7 күн мурун
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Gabriel Liong the Dust News Guy 7 күн мурун
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Anthony Phung 7 күн мурун
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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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Dyn y Jawa
Dyn y Jawa 8 күн мурун
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.
Katie Higgins
Katie Higgins 8 күн мурун
These woke ass kids today have no ducking idea what comes next. I yearn for it
feldweible 8 күн мурун
Well done.
Smack Attack
Smack Attack 8 күн мурун
Couldn't they at least launched a couple of search planes during the 15 minutes to conform?
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Stian Klingenberg 8 күн мурун
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Dave Morgan 8 күн мурун
this was absolutely brilliant.
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Luciano Arebalo
Luciano Arebalo 9 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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Luis Enriquez 9 күн мурун
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Ioan Sabău
Ioan Sabău 9 күн мурун
Icredible great job. Thank you !
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apeswap ubufinance 9 күн мурун
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Jones F
Jones F 9 күн мурун
What does 'spot aircraft' mean in this context (24:30)? Does it mean to send out reconnaissance planes?
Gregory Wright
Gregory Wright 5 саат мурун
Carrier planes need a lot of runway to take off, so they are "spotted" in a tightly-packed group at the rear of the flight deck as they are brought up by elevator from the hangar deck below. Their engines are then warmed up, and they take off one at a time as the ship turns into the wind. Planes that need less runway, like fighters, are "spotted" in front of the group, planes with heavy loads like torpedoes are "spotted" at the rear. A carrier cannot launch it's full complement of planes in one go, as the "spot" would take up too much of the flight deck, so they launch in two or more groups.
Noshur Viverse
Noshur Viverse 9 күн мурун
Spotting means to bring aircraft up from the hanger, get them into launching positions and warm up the engines.
Justin Archibald
Justin Archibald 9 күн мурун
This is still one of the best tellings of the Battle of Midway I have ever seen!
Connor Birch
Connor Birch 9 күн мурун
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Aydın Akın
Aydın Akın 9 күн мурун
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bh2020 : 9 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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Daniel Lynch
Daniel Lynch 9 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.
Paul Hicks
Paul Hicks 10 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.
Alexander Novikov
Alexander Novikov 10 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....
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fuck k-pop and tiktok 10 күн мурун
Americans be like " let's show them the sun lmao "
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Jay Dee
Jay Dee 10 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.
Cheezburger15 10 күн мурун
This kind of format for a video, making us the commanding officer, and giving reasoning for the decisions is amazing
Erhardt 11 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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Phantom Forces Gaming 11 күн мурун
Nagumo: Were gonna invade midway! USA: So you have chosen death
Noshur Viverse
Noshur Viverse 10 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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James Price
James Price 11 күн мурун
This is a brilliant exposition of the fog of war.
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