The Battle of Midway 1942: Told from the Japanese Perspective (1/2)
The Battle of Midway 1942 Told from the Japanese Perspective

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(Animated Battle Map) This is part one of a planned two-part video 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. I don’t have a Patreon but if you want to show appreciation for my work feel free to donate. » patreon - 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 : 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:


Azone123465 : You break the battle down to a 100% understandable order of events. Bravo, you do a great service to history.

Fish Renfroe Boyd : Damn wish I could watch part 2 NOW. Lol. This was great, I watch lots of videos like these but this is the best Midway video.

Austin Dennis : The photographs at 14:45 are absolutely stunning. What a great addition to the video


C Sanchez : My father-in-law was on Midway Atoll during the battle, we took him to Pearl for the 60th anniversary where we met other survivors from both sides, it was incredible. Later the DOD flew us all out to Midway for a ceremony, then they had another on the Missouri, a great week I’ll never forget.

Jason Woodson : How long do I have to wait for part 2? Very well done.

LEEBEEZY WR : Excellent... I would only recommend that you add even more historical photographs of the ships, planes, and such throughout your videos. Really good presentation though.

Jon Zimmer : These should be standard Navy issue training videos... non-bias, informative, and engaging. Thank you, and I look forward to future videos! -Current US navy sailor

kumisz : The inclusion of the fog of war was great. Shows how easy hindsight makes to see the "obvious" mistakes the commanders make.

CMDR The_Dank_Astero : Anyways, Can you do Stalingrad and Kursk from the German perspective?


Husky With Coffee : *Finishes watching* Nice work, time for part 2.... it's not out yet, NOOOO!!!!

ebiros2 : Brilliant research, and excellent animation presentation. If I may add, commander Yamaguchi strenuously asked for immediate launch of attack force. Yamaguchi was a realist, and a brilliant strategist. If his recommendation was taken, Midway would have been a different battle.

Teddy F : Watched this, then the history channel version. There's no comparison, this is so much better, easier to follow, and WAYYYYY more interesting.

Raja Rajan Periasamy : This is truly a legendary video - better than any film I've seen.

Wakaba Kohashi : Great and thorough depiction of events! Totally looking forward 2nd part. So far, best Midway video seen.

zomgneedaname : Can you imagine being Nagumo here: 38:27 you've survived literally 99 attackers for 0 scratches to ships over 3 hours. What else could the americans throw at you 40:52 4 minutes later everything is toast

Nathaniel Mata : Wow. Those 40 minutes flew by! You should so be a history teacher!! Great video.

Jerakk30 : I've watched quite a few military documentaries over the years and have studied these battles extensively to the point where I rarely bother watching them these days. However I was interested in the "Japanese perspective" mentioned in the title and decided to give it a go assuming that I would be utterly bored or unimpressed and move on within several minutes. That being said, I was kept for the entire duration of the video. It was presented very well and the information provided is spot on. The perspective given addressed the enemy's thought process and clarified, in a different manner than I've been accustomed to, what lead to the outcome of the battle. Thank you for the work and care that you put in to the production of this video and I hope to see more of the same excellence in future content. Keep up the good work. CWO4 US Army

Flamingo Green : very interesting and comprehensible ,great vid all around ! cheers

Hugo Schmidt : I have wasted a lot of time in my life watching stupid videos wishing I could get the time back. I don't regret a single second of this video. Thank you!

Corporal Punishment : Absolutely totally fu%king excellent video dude this is probably the best explanation of midway ever made well done.

xpavpushka : That is very well done. Charts, maps, photos. Delightful.

G. L. Dearman : My reaction when this appeared in my suggested videos: "Oh, another Midway documentary? I can watch it later … wait, it's from Montemayor? I must watch this right now!" Excellent work as always.

ak6702 : My Uncle John survived the Battle of Midway.Gunner's mate on the Enterprise.

Jeremy Kirst : Amazing job on this man. Like everyone else is saying, that 40 minutes seemed like 10 min. Excellent story teller. Keep up the good work.

justin kujawa : Holy cow. The amount of detailed maneuvers, vehicle positioning, and graphics makes probably the best historical battle overview I've ever seen. Very well done!

Joshua Simser : Not a dull moment throughout this whole video, and all of it leading up to the Flight of the Valkyries climax! Keep up the great work, I can't wait for part 2.

Charlie500 : I like it how he puts us the audience on the shoes of Nagumo. This is grade A history telling.

Tin Can Tub : watching this soo many times in anticipation of 2/2. This has been soo good! especially in context with your Coral Sea episode!

fosejl : Dude. I just saw you don’t have a lot videos. Just wanted to let you know you did an awesome job on this.

Grigorij Klymenko : It is one of those rare occasions when you subscribe automatically with author doing no additional effort to it except for creation of fantastically good content

Lawrence Miller : This was beautiful man. You captured my attention right from the beginning. Your narration and flow of events is spot on. Now take this like and subscribe and keep up the great work. I can't wait for part 2...awhile I'm waiting I'm gonna start watching your other works.

ShadowMk3 : Despite me knowing this battle quite well, you still had me holding my breath at the B26 suicide attack attempt

Uncle Mike : I really enjoyed this video, but PLEASE hurry with the Part 2 follow-up: I'm dying of suspense and I want to find out who wins! I hope we beat those Javanese. I didn't think Java had such a big Navy!

aysiiou : Fantastic! The tension mounting through the video as the battle unfolds got me sitting on the edge of my chair.

MTPatriot1787 : This was absolutely amazing work. Much appreciated!

Skooma Much : Everyone: Game of Thrones, Avengers Endgame Me: The Battle of Midway 1942

IPAS - Australia : Excellent video. Great narration. Simple, yet effective, animation. Well done!

thiagohfcardoso : Amazing content!!! gj! I wish history channel would learn from your videos.

LitBoxTV : Great video man. You should make more of these. You could easily do this as a job. Hell put history channel out. They never show anything this good anymore.

Mike Oxbig : Out of ALL the videos I watch on YouTube, you sir are the ONLY one I have ever donated to. Your work is greatly appreciated and I look forward to other war strategies/history in the future. I pray my donation will assist you in continuing your marvelous work. God bless you and thanks.

Tom Walsh : Me 42 minutes ago: "There's *no way* I'm going to watch an entire 42 minute video on Midway from the Japanese perspective." Current Me: "Okay, I can admit when I'm wrong!"Nice video!

Frank Layton : Great job brother, so well done!! A LOT of preparation went into this video, and you did an excellent job of narrating and laying it all out. Keep videos like these coming!

David R : This was excellent. I now feel like I have a real understanding of what happened, when, and why. Looking forward to Part 2.

Martin mir : I didn’t even realize I watched a 42 min video 😭😂 i was so engaged good work

ariezxxxiv : Outstanding ...cant wait for part 2...great job!!!!

powerralley : Wish YouTube existed when I was in school. We had to read books. You kids get videos for everything.

Fliyo MB : -Sir, We are detecting a 3rd strike group approaching from sector NE... *realize that this not only means that midway is still operational, but that there is a possibility of a task force of 1-3 carriers* -IT'S A TRAP!