The Battle of Midway 1942: Told from the Japanese Perspective (1/2)
The battle of midway in the eyes of the Japanese An amazingly animated naval documentary

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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:


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

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


Rick Deegan : This narrator is absolutely superb. Extraodinarily well executed. kudos.

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

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

Cristian Villanueva : Yup i want more stuff on on Japanese perspective good job mate

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.

tripalong : Well that's forty minutes that just flew by like nothing.


warhawk2121 : Very rarely is the point of view from the opposing forces ever looked at. As someone who studies military history and tactics I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the thought processes and doctrines of the Japanese command during this operation.


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.

Josh Anderson : Hell Yeah! Great to see a new video. Thanks!

Henry Sksjsnn : This is probably the longest video I’ve watched without skipping through it

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.

d c : 36:14 if i may mention one thing, any engagement in the air in not immediately reffered to as a Dogfight, in fact because their tactics were working and allowing them to dispatch Zero's with minimal losses, this is literally the exact opposite of a dogfight. a dogfight is when all tactics have broken down, all communication has stopped and its simply each pilot in his cockpit vying for survival . The term is overused in the wrong context . These were simply aerial engagements oh forgot to mention +1 sub on all of my youtube accounts

rocktronchameleon : Just a random Japanese guy passing. Man this was SUPERB!! I'm no military maniac but still, your content made me so excited. I bet making one in Japanese tltle and subs would bring you big extra bonus!

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.

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

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

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!

Koji Kuramura : When is part 2 coming out? I look forward for to seeing it. Great Job.

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

John Stringer : FANTASTIC work. "Aircraft" is misspelt in one box.

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.

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!

Nym Alous : I have been aware of all of this information previously, however it was very nicely put together. The timing of the attacks and the reasoning behind the Japanese combat decisions are not often emphasized. It is nice to see the focus on the Imperial fleet/carriers without the "distraction" of the actions of Midway and the American fleet/carriers. I am a rather avid collector of information about the Pacific theater during WWII, and this video convinced me to subscribe. Well done!

0 POP : please don't stop making these, they are by far the best ww2 naval battle explanations I have seen

Chris Davis : I work on the USS Midway museum, I guarantee that once I start talking about this video many of the docents and safety crew will be coming and watching this video.

Nicholas Lamparelli : phenomenal job! I thought I knew this battle and learned so much!

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

edge_redux : Absolutely amazing. Fantastic job. Keep up the incredible work!

VP LakerFan : This video is the best explanation of the battle of Midway. Better than movies, documentaries, history books, etc. Enjoyed all 40+ minutes. Evidence of research - 5 stars Narration - 5 stars Graphics - 5 stars "What would you do?" - 5 stars Overall - 5 stars Can't wait to see Part 2

John Doe : Excellent video from start to finish! No BS, straight up facts, delivered in a clear & concise way. Thank you for your effort!

Mike F : Excellent historical overview. As a Navy brat living on Midway 1964 - 65 I'm always interested in its' history. Unfortunately Midway is now under attack by our own country's Fish and Game oversight and the tons of plastic that plague the ocean.

Rina The Cat : Excellent! Best forty minutes I ever wasted, seemed like five minutes. Great production, excellent pace, no fat or wasted space, and concisely informative. Well done!

poro poro : This was exciting. I was rooting for the japanese the whole time. But they were overwhelmed.

1mperat0r : brilliant video. made 40 mins seem like 5. thanks really enjoyed it.

agnry bird : Great video! nice job man. Keep up the good work!

uncletigger : Interesting perspective. I do wonder if they really thought that any possible single victory was going to make the American people sue for peace though. I am not some silly "patriot" who has Stars in his eyes, not even an American. I just wonder when the Japanese ( or anyone ) had ever seen America just give up, in the 1940s?. Or what limit they thought had been "proven" for US Industrial capability?. Four carriers in Pearl Harbour. 16 on the building blocks. Plans and mobilisation of resources for another 28 the next year, 114 built before the end of the war. Planes and pilots for them all being trained. As soon as Pearl Harbour was struck, Japan was defeated.

brytsyd11 : I've always been fascinated by WWII stories when I was a kid. I like reading and watching movies about it. As I grew older and became busy with my life and work, I almost forgot my fascination about this. You're a gift from heaven I stumbled upon this work of yours. Nothing compared to other videos I have watched. Very detailed! I definitely suscribed. Looking forward to seeing more contents from you. It's like seeing my old friend once more. Thanks! From Philippines 🇵🇭

trevor cauler : Is this jst regurgitated, txt book horseshit or are you confident w/your analysis?...

Matt Mattelig : wow!!! what a great way to present this history. I'm an avid reader and consumer of WWII history and this is probably the best job i've seen of showing just what happened. EXCELLENT JOB!! thumbs up on this one.

KPDubbs71 : Amazing video. Thank you for the incredible amount of work and research you did to present this.

Tim M : Excellent! Even knowing how the battle turns out, I still can't wait for #2. Subscribed!

Ba Skeddi : Fantastic work, gripping and tense and told with absolute respect for both sides. More please!

Daniel CL : Bravo! Incredible work. Loved it! Rrarely do I watch these type of videos, but yours was unique and thoroughly engaging and intriguing. Wasn't bored for a second and learned a lot about our past. Thank you so much!