Pearl Harbor Significance

analytical Essay
1418 words
1418 words

Midway, the Battle That Ultimately Doomed Japan in WWII By: John King Could a loss at Midway have cost America the Pacific, and led to WWII ending in a different way? The Battle of Midway is know as the turning point of the war in the Pacific. It turned the tables and put the United States into an offensive position. Midway was one, if not the, most important battle of World War II because of the background,strategies, battle tactics, and most importantly the outcome and effects of this battle. “Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” These words were spoken the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt. The bombing of Pearl Harbor cost more than 2,000 lives and nearly destroyed 20 naval vessels. Eight of these ships happened to be battleships, but luckily no aircraft carriers were in the area. On December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt gave his address to the nation. He ended this address with, “I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire,” thus beginning the United States role in WWII. Four months and eleven days after Pearl Harbor, the United States attacked the Japanese mainland with long range bombers. This ... ... middle of paper ... would have been devastating to the U.S. Work Cited “1942 Battle of Midway.” Youtube. 4 April 2013. Transcript. 20th Century Battlefields. 5 February 2014. <> Trueman, Chris. “Battle of Midway.” “Battle of Midway.” 2014. The History Channel website. Feb 6 2014, 9:34 Eidenmuller, Michael. “ Franklin Delano Roosevelt Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation ”Great Speeches for Better Speaking.” 4 June 2008. American Rhetoric. 6 February 2014 "The Battle of Midway, 1942" 2001. EyeWitness to History. 6 February 2014. <>

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the battle of midway turned the tables and put the united states into an offensive position. it was one of the most important battles of world war ii.
  • Explains that the united states of america was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the empire of japan. the bombing of pearl harbor cost more than 2,000 lives and nearly destroyed 20 naval vessels.
  • Describes how the united states attacked the japanese mainland with long-range bombers four months and eleven days after pearl harbor. the realization of their vulnerability of attack was behind the plans for midway.
  • Explains that admiral isoroku yamamoto was in command of the japanese pacific fleet. the japanese plan was unstoppable because they had three times more ships than the us.
  • Explains that admiral nimitz, commander of the u.s. fleet, decided to send out his fleet and attack japan head on rather than protect the west coast.
  • Explains that the u.s. reconnaissance planes were sent out to find the japanese fleet, but failed to see all four carriers.
  • Narrates how admiral nagumo ordered his crews to put the torpedoes back on the planes after a scout plane saw ten american ships northeast of midway.
  • Describes raymond spruance's plan to attack the japanese fleet, but he wasn't sure about what would happen. he got close enough to guarantee the planes would have enough fuel to return.
  • Explains that the yorktown sent in 41 torpedo-loaded planes to attack the carriers, but the japanese fleet was ready and dropped 35 of them.
  • Recounts how the japanese carrier hiryu hit the uss yorktown three times, causing the crew to abandon the ship.
  • Narrates how japan lost four carriers and air superiority over the u.s.
  • Explains that japan lost 3,057 people during the battle of midway, while the u.s. lost 340 people, including the aircraft carrier uss yorktown.
  • Opines that if the u.s. lost the battle of midway, it would have changed the outcome of the war in the pacific and wwii.
  • Analyzes how the battle of midway was broadcast on the history channel website.

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