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What was the significance of The Battle of Midway, which occurred in June 1942?
Once conquered, the American military used the island to set up nightly air attacks on Tokyo, the capital of Japan.
It proved to American military officials that the strategy of "island-hopping" could work to defeat Imperial Japan.
The results of the battle clearly indicated to American officials the unwillingness of the Japanese to surrender, despite the circumstances.
Having successfully advanced east of Hawaii, the Japanese threatened the West Coast of the United States.
Having lost four irreplaceable aircraft carriers, the Japanese would begin fighting a defensive, rather than offensive, campaign.