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The Battle of Midway (1942)

The Japanese attack on Midway in June 1942, filmed as it happened.

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(as Lt. Cmdr. John Ford U.S.N.R.)
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A look at America's infamous attack against the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.

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On June 4-6, 1942, a large Japanese force attempted to capture Midway Island in the North Pacific, but was defeated by U.S. forces with a loss ratio of 4:1 in favor of the Americans. On hand was a crew of naval photographers directed by John Ford; their documentary footage was edited together with narration by Hollywood actors. The film covers the attack on Midway, some limited aerial footage, the search for survivors, and aftermath of the battle. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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14 September 1942 (USA)  »

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Many of the shots of American soldiers displayed during the battle are from footage of the Torpedo Squadron 8 taken in the previous days. All 15 of its planes were shot down and most of its men died during the battle. See more »

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Main Narrator: Midway Island. Not much land right enough, but it's our outpost. Your front yard.
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Featured in Five Came Back: The Mission Begins (2017) See more »

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Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
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Celebrated WWII short from the great John Ford
11 March 2011 | by (advicetothelovelorn.blogspot.com) – See all my reviews

John Ford's celebrated 19-minute documentary about America's first major victory of World War Two earned him a shrapnel wound, a Purple Heart and an Oscar. The first 10 is impressive without being that interesting - hard-won battle footage that largely consists of some stuff setting on fire, the camera shaking, the film cutting, then something else setting on fire - though the raising of the flag is a lovely moment, narrator Irving Pichel intoning: "Yes, this really happened". The second half is more obviously Fordian, the elegiac tone reinforced by hymns, slanting shadows and Jane Darwell's frenzied, corny, but effective narration. Audiences wept and fainted during the passage where she urges ambulance-men to rush injured soldiers to a hospital. Ford would make his definitive statement on the war, and the nature of heroism, with 1945's They Were Expendable, but this short is well worth a look.


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