Yup, often cited as the most consequential naval battle in history. It also highlights how much luck comes into play, and knowing your own limitations. We had three carriers protecting the entire Pacific and keeping the Japanese from invading the mainland. Estimates at the time showed if Japan had destroyed our carriers they could have gotten as far as Chicago before bogging down. Even if overstated, it represented a clear threat should Japan gain the upper hand. We were fortunate to crack their naval code and learn Midway was the target and that an unknown diversion was also planned. We were fortunate that our carriers were not sighted let alone dewstroy ed on Dec 7th, but our fuel depots and dry docks were left intact, allowing operations to continue and the Yorktown patched up and dispatched in time to be a factor at Midway. We were fortunate the Japanese blew their French Frigate Shoals scout refueling mission, since they did that a couple months earlier and thus we had ships in the area. We were fortunate Nagumo's air group had a hard time filling out squadrons and delayed him one day, allowing the Aleutian operation to kick in a day before Midway, when they were supposed to be simultaneous, thus enabling Nimitz to stick to his battle plan. We were fortunate that Spruance (replacing the bed-ridden Halsey) was aggressive and not tentative in going after the enemy and fortunate that Nagumo blew his handling of carrier ops, allowing us to catch them with their pants down. But the Japanese were a strict regimented people, and deviating from established procedures was unheard of. Had Nagumo split his land/air attack forces by carriers and not on each carrier, he could have recovered land attack aircraft and launched sea attack aircraft simultaneously. As it stood we took out their cream of the crop both in carriers and pilots. They would not recover from such loses and our production was just beginning to spit out planes, ships, guns and bombs at a stagerring rate. Their fate was sealed, but unfortunately their militaristic nature, devotion to emperor and ancestors and fanaticism too many more would die rolling them up.
Pivotal battle, controversial battle and still greatly analyzed and dissected to this day.
Good on our boys for earning the victory.