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What was the most significant early U.S. victory in the Pacific theatre?



A. Battle of the Coral Sea
B. Wake Island
C. Iwo Jima
D. Midway

This question is part of Basic World War II Quiz
Asked by Wyatt Williams, Last updated: Jan 27, 2020

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Daniel Collingwood

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Daniel Collingwood, SSEE, high school, btech (cse), New York

Answered Dec 12, 2017

(D). Midway

The battle of Midway was the first major victory for American forces against the Imperial Japanese forces in the Pacific theatre of war. The battle of Midway took place in June1942 in which the American naval and air forces inflicted a major blow to imperial navy and air forces of Japan and destroyed all 4 Japanese aircraft carriers and were able to break the naval code of imperial navy(Japanese) which proved to be decisive in the future course of the war.

 

John Adney

John Adney

Answered Mar 21, 2017

I also believe the Japanese losses at the Coral Sea meant they had two carriers less to take with them to Midway. Depends what you mean by significant.
 

snathan

Snathan

Answered Mar 08, 2017

Coral Sea was a tactical victory for the Americans. It was several months earlier than Midway and prevented the Japanese from making the North Coast of Australia untenable for the allies denying the Japanese a base from which it could launch air attacks.While Midway was a substantial victory for the American navy, the victory at Coral Sea ended the myth of Japanese invincibility.
 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 22, 2016

Midway

Midway was up to that point the most decisive victory for the U.S. in the war. The Japanese lost four aircraft careers and never again could regain the initiative.
 

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