The film, directed by Roland Emmerich, stars Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore, Aaron Eckhart, Woody Harrelson and Luke Evans. It tells the story of the Battle of Midway, which followed the attack on Pearl Harbor and Doolittle’s Raid.
In the spring of 1942, just months after the Pearl Harbor attacks, the United States intercepted transmissions from the Japanese. The transmissions included information about a surprise attack on the U.S. outpost at Midway, which was part of the Hawaiian island chain.
The Japanese closed in on the area and U.S. forces, led by Adm. Chester Nimitz, were prepared to meet them on June 4, 1942.
“What made the Battle of Midway so important, was that in the six months that followed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese had had it pretty much all their way,” Naval historian Craig Symonds told InsideEdition.com.
“They conquered most of the South Pacific, which was the primary goal of their going to war in the first place, to gain the resources of that geographical area. But they have also attacked the British in the Indian Ocean. They had sunk several capital ships in the South China Sea. They were absolutely running rampant throughout the Pacific and it looked like they were almost unbeatable. And then in a critical seven to 10-minute period on the morning of June 4, 1942, all of that was reversed. They lost four of their major aircraft carriers in a single day and the tide of the war was turned,” he added.
The Japanese were defeated as over 3,000 of their soldiers died in the exchange. Some 300 U.S. servicemen perished.
The Battle of Midway was a massive blow to Japanese forces and an event from which the country could not recover.
“If this went south, if this did not work out and it was a great risk, we were taking on a larger enemy force than we possessed ourselves, and if it did not work out the entire course, not only of the Pacific war, but arguably of the global war could have changed,” Symonds said.
The film opens on November 8, 2019, which is Veterans Day weekend.