Midway – The Battle of Midway – Sabaton History 036 [Official]


the Battle of Midway was a legendary and surprising victory for the Americans in World War two we often did songs about naval warfare so here’s another one [Music] on May 27th 1942 at the large Anchorage of hashira Jima in Hiroshima Bay the mighty ACOG II of the Japanese carrier division the proud flagship of Vice Admiral Nagumo – Ichi of the first air fleet moving out into the Pacific even though the Japanese Navy produced the mightiest battleships the world had ever seen many of the officers believed that the real modern power on the sea lay with the carrier force the Kido butai it would decide winning and losing control of the sea and so far the Japanese carrier fleet had proven it’s worth by mid 1942 the Japanese had humiliated the Western nations at Malaya and the Indies had moved towards Guam Java the Philippines Singapore the British bases on Ceylon and even raided the north of Australia they had successfully surprised the US Navy at Hawaii sinking and crippling many of the warships anchored there and they had just scored a tactical victory at the Battle of the Coral Sea though the Allies had prevented an invasion of Port Moresby but now it was just a hiccup right that battle merely confirmed the carrier-based operations would be successful against the inferior America but what would be the next step to go further into the Indian Ocean to attempt to invade Australia or move again against the now awakened giant in the East Marshal Admiral Yamamoto commander-in-chief of the Japanese combined fleet knew that the United States had to be crushed before they could bring their industrial night to bear he ordered eastern operation to continue and an invasion of Hawaii before they could attempt that however the Japanese had to lure the American Navy away from the strongly defended target and towards another one that was easy enough to attack but important enough to trigger an American response Midway a tiny two island at all in the middle of the Pacific seemed perfect for that by June 4th Admiral Nagumo’s Kido butai and his four carriers the acog e acaba the here you and the soryu was closing in on Midway but he was without two carriers after the Battle of the Coral Sea the Seas had been foggy for days and the Japanese plan was already in disarray their submarines were nowhere to be seen and the main fleet was up to two days away but that gu no didn’t worry since the mighty battleships were only needed in Phase two after the bombardment of Midway once the American fleet had been alerted and after all surprise was on their side yeah except that it wasn’t American cryptographers had revealed Yamamoto is rough intentions a few days ago the code-breaking station at Hawaii had intercepted the traffic between the Akagi and the other carriers realizing that something big was up though they weren’t sure of the destination codenamed AF so they came up with a ruse an uncoded message about Midway’s desalination system breaking down was sent and was picked up by the Japanese who interpreted the message that they should bring a water tanker with them to AF so Midway it was [Music] Oh [Music] let’s be clear here at this point the Americans were indeed losing the war the u.s. Asiatic squadron was a shadow of its former self and the Japanese had both the numbers and the initiative to dictate the course of the war it would take time for the superior American industry to kick into high gear and change the balance what if it was too late by then commander in chief of the American Pacific Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz took over command after Pearl Harbor and was trying to reassert confidence in the American Navy and just now when the Japanese had lost strategic surprise without even realizing it Nimitz was quick to transfer his three available carriers the Yorktown enterprise and Hornet to the command of Rear Admiral Raymond a Spruance the carrier task forces would wait an ambush 300 miles north of the anticipated axis of advance of the Japanese till the attack on Midway began which it did at six o’clock in the morning in large numbers each carrier had an array of aircraft to carry out a well-balanced strike the Mitsubishi fighter type zero the dive bomber HD type 99 with armor-piercing and high-explosive bombs and a Nakajima type 97 armed with torpedoes they were to overwhelm the enemy in one coordinated mass display of firepower now then a side note here the key to carrier warfare is to bring in the right planes at the right moment if there are enemy bombers on the horizon start the fighters in response if destroyers come along answer with torpedo bombers and if they sight carriers get the dive bombers on deck this is why accurate intelligence is so important being caught wrong-footed is a death sentence and heck even for well-trained Japanese crews it took hours to rearm and prepare different flight decks 7 a.m. the first wave of bombers was returning from Midway at 8:00 a.m. Admiral Nagumo had given the order to prepare for a second bombing run when a message reached him from his reconnaissance planes enemy’s surface ships detected Spruance ‘as forest was moving south Nagumo’s report spoke of ten enemy units but it wasn’t clear what kind of ships they were concluding that 10 ships were not much of a threat to the mighty Kido butai he chose to continue the attack on Midway well soon the first American bombers were above them tracer bullets lit up the skies as the Bombers aimed for a cocky and soryu sharp evasive maneuvers saved the carriers until the zero has made short work of the inexperienced American pilots however the Japanese anti-aircraft guns had not hit a single target something was clearly off as they were far too slow to react to multi vector and multi altitude attacks at 9:00 a.m. the reports reaching Nagumo still spoke of cruisers and destroyers but clearly there were American planes in the air they had to come from somewhere the saw Ryu was repeatedly fighting off enemy torpedo planes but Nagumo had no idea where they came from for his reconnaissance was insufficient none of the Japanese carriers were equipped with radar and the radio technology and the scouting planes was fairly primitive and because of the lack of concrete information Nagumo still chose to continue his strike against Midway by 10:20 his for flight decks were bustling with energy as planes were armed and fueled okay in history some battles are decided in a day and some battles are decided in hours the fate of this battle was decided in 10 crucial minutes at 10:22 as the entire Japanese carrier force was refuelling and rearming their machines the American dive bombers attack this time it was the veteran dive bombers from the Yorktown they engaged the kaga first pushing their planes into a dive through a hail of ineffective 5-inch batteries releasing their 500 and thousand-pound bombs the first three landed in the water but the fourth hit the flight deck half detonating in the crew compartments the seventh bomb hit the forward elevator detonating in the fighter stowage rooms the bombs blew the interior of the kaga apart another blew up the bridge killing all the officers now the Dauntless dive bombers were descending on the soryu multiple bombs simply tore the ship apart Nagumo watched in horror as both carriers were engulfed in flames and smoke everything was blown to pieces their engines were dead their boilers were ruptured aircraft parts body parts littered the flight deck suddenly the alarm sounded on the acog II as well and it’s a a guns opened up then came a massive explosion of a 1,000 pound bomb detonating after bursting through the middle elevator it tore everything inside the hangar apart in just a few minutes the American bombers had come and gone and had left 3 the mightiest Japanese aircraft carriers burning and even though not sinking burning is bad for those carriers were full of high-octane gasoline oil and lubricants ammunition and bombs paper and wood in minutes they were arranging Inferno surviving Japanese firefighters were frantically trying to save the ships hundreds had died in moments many more were now exposed to fire heat and smoke many of the mechanics on the lower and boiler rooms they were trapped further explosions ripped through the ships as ammunition and vaporized gasoline caught fire men were literally boiling inside the compartments with no chance to get out [Music] only the here you escaped untouched as it was still protected by zeros and only attacked by ineffective torpedo bombers but this was a major disaster a disaster which would have made most commanders turn and flee but Nagumo was not most commanders the main body of the fleet though 600 miles away could still make a difference the Americans had lost a large amount of torpedo bombers in the attack and and if they could be forced to a decisive surface battle Japan might just come out on top since the hair.you was still intact he ordered its two dozen planes to retaliate immediately soon after 1:30 in the afternoon Nagumo’s best dive bombers douve towards the Yorktown American flak Gunners took a heavy toll on the attackers but at least two bombs hit their target a 500-pound bomb hit amidships and another detonated in the forward elevator the Yorktown was now burning but by 2:30 it became clear not only the kaga and the saury you were lost the akaki was as well the Yorktown though was still moving fending off repeated Japanese attacks sending its planes out to attack the last Japanese carrier at 5 p.m. joined by bombers from the enterprise they broke through the cover of zeroes and planted 4 bombs on the bow of the hair you cheering its flight deck off and engulfing it in flames Kido butai was no more so as night fell the battle was decided Spruance had no intention of going toe-to-toe with the japanese surface fleet before badly wounded Japanese carriers would be scuttled rather than falling into enemy hands for the Americans it seemed like the Yorktown could still be saved but the undetected Japanese submarine I 168 took its chance and torpedoed and sunk the Yorktown that and a destroyer for the American ships lost against four fleet aircraft carriers to this day the importance of the Battle of Midway is discussed among historians was it the decisive turning point of the Pacific War was this the end of Jack expansion the Japanese had suffered dearly by losing four carriers and the loss of hundreds of skill mechanics and experienced sailors was a further crippling wound well we know that the war had over three more years to go in the Pacific but it had just entered another round around where the sides were suddenly a lot more even [Music] going back to well we said at the very beginning that you often do songs about naval warfare this is true now why is that personally I do enjoy warships I mean if we’re touring and I find out that there’s a port in town and they have some naval ships or something like that that you can visit for a museum for example yeah I love to go and see that I think one of the most impressive which probably helped us aspire to write this song about Bismarck later was when we visited the USS New Jersey alright okay and it’s a very impressive ship and we actually thought about using it for some of the scenes in the Bismarck music video okay but later we decided to basically render them and I mean it was pretty pretty exciting this stuff you used anyway yeah yeah now having been on the battleship New Jersey is it ever been in your mind to write a song about that specific ship or is it more naval warfare that you’re no we were very inspired because actually the USS New Jersey has a lot of interesting stories to it yeah I mean in San Diego there’s the USS Midway which is named after the Battle of Midway although I did not see action at Midway no it did not it was just launched right after there we’ve been kind of funny if they happen to name it Midway and then ah three weeks later happen yes you’re not gonna believe it what are the odds [Music] is this like even when you were kid were you interested in like me yeah yeah I was definitely and I’ve always had a fascination on boats basically and it’s pretty cool that you have a job that you get to write about something here fascinated by yeah I mean my my father used to say that if I would be in the Swedish military I probably be serving on a submarine not also being so tall it would fit oh yeah and and I’m not afraid of small like being inside of Lochte even if it would go under the water hi it’s Carrie just 30 okay for me that would be seem like a realistic solution now did you do lumping the that’s this they used to have Swedish mandatory military service did you do that no I didn’t do they pretty much that year they stopped doing mandatory I’m pretty much done and it became a moral voluntarily basis thing so I went down to do their tests and stuff and then afterwards I said I I really don’t want to do it because I wanna play heavy metal until I die so and they said it’s not a it’s not a reason to quit this and I said well yeah just give me a gun and I kill everybody in sight and then they said well it’s better that you play music then all right well ladies and gentlemen that is it for today for sabaton history thank you [Music] yeah don’t forget to inform them about the special edition of the albums that’s all we needed to know for now okay super see you soon all right so thank you very much for watching become a patreon become a subscriber see you soon [Music]

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  • Pär just called to remind me to tell you about the Sabaton History special editions we get to give to those who support this channel on Patreon. Here's how it works. If you support us via Patreon, you will part of the production of this amazing documentary series on the historical context of each and every one of the Sabaton songs. We could not do this without our supporters. As a token of gratitude, we have designed a very special limited 'Sabaton History' edition of each and every Sabaton album. If you support us now at a certain tier for a certain amount of time (more info the Patreon website), you will receive said the special edition of the album 'Heroes', which includes Indys introduction for every song. Check it out right here: https://www.patreon.com/sabatonhistory

    Cheers,
    The Sabaton History team.

  • new York hs the enterprice

  • Happy to see this video. Couldn't watch it due to things getting crazy. This is going to be fun.

  • song Idea: battle of blac mont ridge, joint force of usa marines, army, and french troops

  • smh, Yamamoto should've loaded with max stat Tenzans and Ryuusei's.
    Load Hiryuu with Tenzan mod 12 (Tomonaga), Type 97 (Tomonaga), Suisei's with type 31 bombs and a Shinden Kai and no Nimitz will be able to touch you

  • Those ships at 03:08….Fuso Class? That Pagoda style command bridge looks so damn familiar…

  • Can we get “Unbreakable”?

  • The destroyer sunk was the USS Hammann (DD-412). She was tied up alongside the Yorktown supplying power to the carrier as well a firefighting. She was struck by one of the torpedoes fired at the carrier and sank with her.

  • So is it a coincidence that they have a tour date in San Francisco during the city's annual Fleet Week?

  • 3:16

    Is that a Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World reference?

  • This is legendari story, thank you Sabaton history ❤️❤️🔥🔥
    Amazing song ❤️🔥🤘

  • Now we only need:
    Primo Victoria
    Attack of the Deadmen
    Art of War
    Winged Hussars – The Meme song to meme all songs
    Night Witches – Maybe a Halloween special? Get it? Cause witches… I can already see Indy dressed up as a witch for this episode.

  • Par, if you're ever in Hamilton or Toronto you'll want to check out HMCS Haida in Hamilton Harbor.

  • 3:00 "Their submarines were nowhere to be seen".
    Well, that's what they were designed for after all xD

  • So Pär like naval stuff? So you're saying there is actually a chance I'll eventually get my song about John Paul Jones raid on Whitehaven and the last stand of Taffy 3?!

  • when we`ll see Coat of Arms? I`m really addicted to that song lately and i can`t wait to see a video about that song.

  • When you are in Zurich don't forget to visit the secret submarine base, near Erlenbach. Many of those ships served during the last war.

  • The way US fooled Japan with drinkable water is astoundingly cleaver yet simple. I'm surprised Japanese have fallen on a such simple thing like a UNCRYPTED message. It's basic intelligence trick to gather attention. It's like shooting "free beer" in a metal fest…..

  • Now I wait for Sabaton to come out with a song about the IJN Navy expansion or the Yamato. I can't wait to see them on the 14th of October.
    Also hoping we get new Midway lyric video or music video.

  • It's so bad that people think that barely any resistance when the japanese invaded the Pacific. But the battling bastards of bataan put up a great fight, holding out for 3 months against low supplies and being surrounded

  • there needs to be a song about john paul jone.

  • try looking up admiral Yi he was a korean admiral who is known as one of if not the greatest naval admiral in history
    he was a korean admiral who beat the japanese navy shortly after the sengoku jidai

  • Midway movie coming out. Be awesome if this song could be on it

  • Перевод подъехал оперативненько – спасибо, господа.

  • Love the band and the channel, thank you both!

  • Avatar shirt! AVATAR. Is another great swedish band check em out

  • Next album: a concept album on naval warfare, including pirates

  • Maybe a song about the Vasa on the next Swedish album? 😉

  • Anybody else excited for the movie about Midway coming out?

  • Great detail in this episode. You definitely don’t get all this information from the movie Midway. Awesome show.

  • I was expecting this video, thank you so much Sabaton!!!

  • What do you mean the Japanese Imperial Navy lost FOUR carriers in a Crippling DEFEAT? FYI they only lost TWO carriers and also sunk 2 American Carriers in a decisive Japanese victory, routing the American forces from the battle

  • I needed this vid

  • I'm glad I got to see you guys in Atlanta it was awesome. Keep up the awesome work!

  • Hey, it's a footage from Poland Rock Festival!

  • Story of the battle of midway is super fascinating to me, a great video about it is this one from the Japanese perspective by Montemayor
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd8_vO5zrjo

  • Ah yes, some naval warfare at last.

  • Par, what is your nickname in "World Of Warships" ? 😀

  • Sabaton should do a song based on pirates, probably more specifically privateers and how they worked as proxy armies in the New World for the various world powers.

  • "burning is bad"

  • I know this isn't related to this great video but…..I am disappointed that Indy never made the Mannerheim who did what episode with the grat war.

    Still amazing videi once again!

    Still great

  • Wait, they didn't introduce themselves in the beginning. Who are these people?

  • 16:12 legendary

  • 14:57 – How? HOW?! No, seriously: HOW?!?
    How does a Sabaton song about Admiral Yi Sun-sin and/or his naval battles not exist?!?

  • Check out the USS TEXAS (BB-35) if yall ever get to Houston, Tx.

    USS CAVALLA (SS-???) and USS STEWART (DE-???) are in Galveston, Tx.

  • US navy: [releases USS Midway]
    A week later
    ”Guys…”

  • Par: "I don't wanna join the Swedish military because I want to play Heavy Metal until I die."
    Swedish Military: "That's not a reason to not join."
    Par: "Okay, give me a gun and I'll go kill everybody inside."
    Swedish Military: "Here's a microphone and guitar. Now go play Heavy Metal until you die."
    A Few Years Later
    Swedish Military: "Carolus Rex fucking rocks!"

  • Awesome shirt Pär! Nice episode!

  • USS North Carolina is also a beautiful museum.

  • Is it just me a does "yeah, except that it wasn't" have meme potential?

  • The next time the two powers would meet in open naval warfare…the Japanese would built 3 fleet carriers and 4 escort carriers to the US’s 7 and 20 respectively. That’s why Midway is regarded as a turning point. It bought crucial time for the US industrial engine to start up.

    And that’s excluding the enormous reserves of planes, transports, surface fleet vessels. As well as trained crews for each of these.

  • Carrier warfare is just really intense game of rock paper scissors

  • Yeeeeeeesssssss been waiting for this one!

  • really like the text flashes in the video!

  • A correction… Destroyer would be a target for dive bombers… A small and nimble destroyer could evade torpedoes. Torpedo bombers would almost always target biggest targets, battleships and carriers, who were large and slow to turn.

  • If y’all like visiting old warship museums then you should visit the USS Yorktown in Charleston, SC. They renamed another aircraft carrier Yorktown in honor of the original and it saw service throughout the rest of WWII. Also you should look up the USS Laffy aka the ship that wouldn’t die

  • mmmmmmm Trafalgar, Jutland & USS Johnston/ Taffy 3

  • Naval Warfare should be explored more in my view, lot of material to be pulled from all the engagements from both World Wars.

    Jutland,River Platte, Convoy PQ17, Operation Pedestal, Leyte Gulf, to name a few.

  • That was a pure luck, isn't it?

    Americans sent hundreds of planes, 90% were destroyed by Japanese, without dealing any major damage. But the group that was able to sink carriers (because they happen to hit in the right 10 minute window) – did that only because they were lost! They were supposed to hit earlier, but Japanese fleet has already gone from strike location. It took them an hour to locate Japanese and make a strike – just in the right moment.

  • Azur lane collab when

  • such an underrated song

  • There actually has a movie about Midway… I guess this is good timing?

  • Hope coat of arms or union is next

  • Japan at midway is just me in Kahoot at this point

  • If Pär and the band get a chance, there's tours of the USS Torsk in Baltimore, which isn't that far from Silver Spring. There's also the USS Constellation, the USCGC Taney, and the S.S. John W. Brown, a fully functioning Liberty Ship that will occasionally take cruises, although the next one isn't until May.

  • Have you guys ever thought about doing songs focused on Canadian battles (or battles where Canadians were the primary combatants)? I'd love to hear a song about Vimy Ridge, Dieppe, or even the Battle of Kapyong https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kapyong (a desperate holding action in the Korean War) or go way back to one of Canada's defining moments with the Battle of the Plains of Abraham!

  • Naval album when?

  • USS New Jersey "The big J" was the ship my dad served on in the 80s during the crisis in Lebanon. That ship had a big impact on the war. Check out Drachinifel's history on the New Jersey and maybe the rest of the Iowa Class battleships.

  • In 18 minutes Texans brought the might of the Mexican Army to its knees.

    In 10 minutes American dive bombers brought the might of the Japanese Navy to its knees (sort of).

    I’m noticing a pattern here.

  • wtf i visit the new jersey every year when the fuck was sabaton there !

  • I would love it if Sabaton wrote an entire concept album on U.S. history, similar to what they did with Carolus Rex.

  • Future Naval themed song suggestions:

    -The last stand of Taffey 3. Literally perfect material. A bunch of destroyers, destroyer escorts, and escort carriers against a massive task force led by Kongo and Yamato where the DDs and DEs rushed them like the mad lads they were. And they managed to convince those mighty battleships to turn away and flee.

    -The Naval Battle of Jutland. Its a major historical battle so why not?

    -The Naval Battles of Guadalcanal, especially on Iron Bottom Sound. Crazy night actions, ships taking horrendous beatings, USS Laffey (DD-459) rushing the battleship Hiei and coming within 20 feet of her as well as killing her Captain before sinking in an insane last stand of her own… There's a lot to work with there.

    -The Battle of Leyte Gulf where the first kamikazes appeared.

    And I cant think of any more but more suggestions are welcome.

  • "…submarines nowhere to be seen." ? lol Sounds like they were doing their job…

  • Osowiec next…? 🙂

  • Par, if you are so interested in history, where was the song for the battle of Jutland on the last album??!?! 😛

  • If you like ships you should come to Battleship Cove when you guys are in Massachusetts or Rhode Island touring. They have the battleship Massachusetts, destroyer Kennedy, sub Lionfish and a russian missile boat.

  • We'll meet at Midway again… on November 6th.

  • My great uncle was a sailor onboard the DD 412 USS Hammann and died when it was torpedoed, along with the USS Yorktown, by the IJN submarine I-168. Fair Winds and Following Seas Petty Officer Belcher.

  • Please do night witches

  • Yeah, Sabaton has a lot of songs about Naval War, like Midway, Wolfpack, Bismarck and… uh… I guess Primo Victoria and Cliffs of Gallipoli had naval elements? Maybe Back in Control?

  • Midway: Exists
    Japan: We are going to take it.
    U.S.: I am about to wreak this Country's whole Navy.

  • i had a family member who served on the USS Yorktown, if im not mistaken the newer one after the one that got sunk at the battle of Midway, even though this wasnt the one i still cried ;-;

  • The battleship USS Iowa in Los angles you can visit and USS Missouri in Hawaii as well. both can be made into a songs. Missouri is where the Japanese surrender ceremony was held. Also Iowa and Missouri being used in Korea and then recalled back, for the first gulf war, where they saw action.

  • The USS Jeremiah O’Brien is going out for a cruise this weekend. it’s the last functioning merchant marine vessel from WWII and since your going to be in san Francisco this weekend I think sabaton would really enjoy it. It’s a great museum ship and it is interesting to see the less glamorous parts of the navy.

  • https://www.ssjeremiahobrien.org/pages/cruises-and-events

  • Hold on, the Yorktown was sunk? Isn't it a museum now?

  • Please Sabaton, a song about the Iowa or New Jersy. I adore battleships, it would be so awesome, maybe "Ship of 3 wars" or something like that. Bismarck's already my fav song, need another battleship 😀

  • Japan: let's send one of our best fleets to capture the important American base of Midway
    US: I'm about to end this man's whole career

  • Only sabaton can get a 99.5% like / dislike ratio

  • For my 16th birthday my family took me to visit the USS Midway in San Diego,even though we could only stay for some 2 hours those were the best 2 hours of my entire life.

  • Another amazing video!

  • 16:12 When you enlist in the military and you want to have a Sabaton song made about you

  • Nimitz : I'm about to end this man's whole Carriers.

  • My son is going to see you in San Francisco tomorrow. Thank you for giving us something else to bond over.

  • “After all surprise was on their side”
    “Except it wasn’t”
    😂😂

  • IJN Soryu sails into battle, Sees U.S. Navy ships "Anta Baka!"

  • Will there be a song about the Vasa

  • I love warships too, I'm like a kid when I see one

  • I really like the new editing!

  • 9:50 "BURNING.. IS BAD." Thanks for the info i had no idea! Haha jk jk. Good video Indy and crew

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