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The Battle for Midway

The Japanese took Pearl Harbor by surprise. Then the U.S. struck back.

Follow undersea explorer Robert Ballard’s search and discovery of the WWII wreck of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, in over 16,000 feet of water. This story of exploration combined with remarkable archival footage and moving interviews with Japanese and American survivors brings to life the greatest naval battle of the 20th century.

Produced and Directed by
Peter Schnall
Donovan Reiff
Robert D Ballard
Barbara Earle Ballard
Coordinating Producer
Anne H. Daniel
Peter Schnall
Associate Producer
Denise Williams
Junko Taguchi
Original Music
Michael Whalen
Sound Recordist
Glen Marullo
Assistant Camera
Jerry Risius
Underwater Camera
David Doubilet
Hilary Sio
Micah Fink
Ann Perry
Production Coordinators
Caroline Suh
Tammie RheeWriter
The Los Angeles Times, April 14, 1999
"Hidden within National Geographic's 'Battle for Midway' is an unexpected anti-war message delivered in such a subtle and poetic way that some of its images linger in your mind long after you've finished watching it."