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During May1942Admiral Yamamoto was completing his plans for the invasion of the tiny island of Midway about 1000 miles away from Hawaii This would be in range of Hawaii for their bombers to attack Pearl Harbor and hinder the Americans rebuilding of their naval strength Yamamoto had learned that the carriers Enterprise and Hornet had rushed south to be a part of the Battle of the Coral SeaBut they were too lateHe also believed that the both the Lexington and Yorktown were sunk so he didnt expect any interference from them Yamamotos plan called for the use of three big forces The Northern Forcecommanded by Vice Admiral Boshiro Hosogaya would consist of the light carriers Hiyo and Ryujothree heavy crusiers four light crusiers and twelve destroyers Its mission was to take the Aleutian Islands of Attu Dutch Harbor and Kiskato fool the Americans into thinking they were attacking there while the Main Body Force consisting of over 100 warshipsthe largest naval force for one battle everwould take MidwayThis force consisted of three main fleets 1The First Air Fleetcommanded by Vice Admiral Nagumohad the task of softening up Midway and to deal with any Allied warships in the area 2The Main Body Forcecommanded by Admiral Yamamoto himselfHe had seven battleships-including the super-dreadnaught Yamatothe light carrier Hoshofour crusiersand 12 destroyersThis great fleet would deal with any forces that slip past Nagumos carriers 3The Midway Occupation Force commanded by Vice Admiral Nobutake Kondo He had two battleships the light carrier Zuiho two seaplane carriers seven cruisers and twenty-nine destroyers escorting 12 troop transports carrying five thousand men They had the job of taking Midway 18 submarines stationed about 500 miles north of Hawaii to scout for the enemy With the force using most of the Combined Fleet it was the largest naval force in the world and shouldve been able to take care of anything but this force was spread a thousand
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