The June 1942 sea-air battle off Midway Island was a turning point in World War II. However, the melee of combat was the usual hysterical jumble of noise, explosion and violent death. Midway tries to combine both aspects but succumbs to the confusion.Henry Fonda’s performance as Pacific Fleet Commander Chester W. Nimitz towers over everything else. The Midway battle followed the Mames Doolittle air raid on Tokyo in April 1942. The turnback of the Japanese Navy effectively cleared the West Coast from attack, and gave the US time enough to mobilize for the long road back across the Pacific.