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How did the Battle of Midway Island impact World War II?

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The Battle of Midway impacted World War II by essentially halting the advance of the Japanese in the Pacific. Japan suffered heavy casualties and major destruction of their Navy, which forced them to reanalyze their progress in the Pacific. The United States' losses were much more acute. The US was able to then advance towards Japan now that they controlled the momentum in the Pacific.

While Japan lost four crucial aircraft carriers, the United States lost only one. Moreover, Midway had the impact of seeing a significant advance in the Japanese code breaking. The United States now had the ability to decipher essential codes that notified the Navy of future attacks. This obviously allowed the US to eliminate the element of surprise in the Pacific, which had aided the Japanese throughout the war.

Finally, the ultimate destruction that Japan experienced equalized their Navy to that of the United States, which was recovering from Pearl Harbor. Not only was this a logistical weakening for...

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