|Midway, 1942: Facts & Documents|
|On 4 June 1942, near a tiny atoll located in the Pacific Ocean midway between America and Asia, a battle took place that radically changed the course of the Pacific War. Over seventy five years have passed since then, but to this day historians—both professional and amateur—have not stopped arguing about what really happened there, and what was the cause (or causes) of that “Incredible Victory”. I haven't got a definitive, indisputable answer to this question too. So I have created this website for those who, like me, are seeking an answer. My goal is to amass in one place as many the Battle of Midway related facts and documents as possible, thereby facilitating the work of new researchers.||Project News|
Sep 12, 2017. The short reference guide on the USN and IJN naval ranks and rank insignia was added.
Dec 31, 2016. The Japanese Story of the Battle of Midway was added to Source Documents.
May 29, 2016. R. Bates research was added to Source Documents.
|Source Documents||Order of Battle||Visual Research||Ships & Aircraft|
|The constantly expanding collection of the Battle of Midway related primary sources—war diaries, action reports, etc.—converted into a text form to make them more accessible and handy for researchers. Learn more ›››||The most detailed Order of the Battle of Midway and Aleutians, including auxilary and ashore units, commanding officers, numbers of operational planes available, ships classes and a lot more information. Learn more ›››||The attempt to simulate visually the units' relocations during the Battle of Midway, ensuring the maximum possible precision of timing and position referencing based on primary sources and historical studies. Learn more ›››||The strategical and tactical decision-making to a large extent is based on armament capabilities. It's a brief illustrated reference guide on the ships & planes involved in action in the area of Midway Island. Learn more ›››|
This research was prepared by Captain Richard W. Bates, Head of the Department of Research and Analysis of the U. S. Naval War College, in 1948 as part of a series of similar studies devoted to the major naval battles of the World War II. The research was classified as “Confidential” (unclassified in 1968) and was never printed as a book: it was restrictedly distributed as photostats of the original typescript.
Notwithstanding the classification of this research, it served as the basis for such well-known books about the Battle of Midway as classical Samuel Eliot Morison’s “History of United States Naval Operations in World War II: Coral Sea, Midway and Submarine Actions” published in 1949 and Walter Lord’s best-seller “Incredible Victory” published in 1967. Although over the decades that have passed since the making of Bates’ research historians have obtained access to a number of additional sources, this study nevertheless remains an authoritative source of information, especially concerning the U.S. side of the battle. References to this research are found even in the most recent books on the Battle of Midway.
This is the first time that “The Battle of Midway Including the Aleutian Phase, June 3 to June 14, 1942: Strategical and Tactical Analysis” by Richard W. Bates is published as a book. The text formatting was kept as close to the style of the original typescript as possible, including the original pagination for correct quotation. All the charts have been redrawn. Glossary of special terms and abbreviations as well as bibliographic records have been added. It is believed that this book will be useful to anyone interested in or studying the history of World War II in the Pacific Theater. Buy on Amazon.com ›››