Topics: World War II, Imperial Japanese Navy, Empire of Japan Pages: 3 (557 words) Published: May 24, 2014
Battles of WW2
Battle of Midway:
The battle of Midway was fought in June of 1942. It effectively destroyed Japan’s naval strength when the Americans destroyed four of its aircraft carriers. Japan’s navy never recovered from its mauling at Midway and it was on the defensive after this battle. Yamamoto's plan for the attack on Midway was complex and relied on perfect timing and diversionary tactics to lure parts of the American force away from Yamamoto's main battle fleet. Many Naval attacks occurred, but with very few torpedoes launched toward the opposing ships. In the Battle of Midway, the Ally-powered United States Navy defeated the Axis-Japanese Imperial Navy. The consequences of the Battle of Midway for the Japanese were huge. At a stroke they had lost four vital aircraft carriers that were considered to be vital for the Pacific campaign. Kamikaze Attacks:

Kamikazes and the creed that went with the kamikazes in World War Two is usually associated with those Japanese pilots who flew into American warships in an effort to sink them. Kamikaze means divine wind and those men from Japan’s 205th Air Group (the kamikaze unit) inflicted serious losses on the American Pacific fleet, especially at Okinawa. It is generally thought that those men who volunteered to join the 205th Air Group were given a guarantee of a place in heaven for sacrificing their life for the emperor. Mostly Young men were to join because it was a holy way to die for their country. They were taught how to take off not how to land which was the point. The kamikazes did a great deal of damage to many American ships. However, this damage would have been much greater if more planes had actually got through to a target. Iwo Jima:

The battle of Iwo Jima took place in February 1945. It was part of a big plan by the Americans to help them win world war two. Island hopping had put the Japanese more toward the east. Iwo Jima is very small about 4.5 miles long and 2.5 miles wide. The island is south...
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