It makes Japanese victory at Midway more likely, but overall wouldn't alter the course of the war - and certainly not the final result.
RF wrote:I am not clear therefore as to the purpose then of the Aleutian operation, as the Japanese withdrew from the two islands occuppied after Midway.
neil hilton wrote:Wasn't the reason why the US got the drop on the IJN at Midway because one of the Japanese scout planes allocated to search the area where the US TF was was delayed? And thus Nagumo ordered another ground attack run.
If the Japanese scout planes had found the US TF 'on time' the battle would have been very different.
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