Smithsonian Channel continues its annual initiative honoring Veterans Month with the new special, Battle of Midway: The True Story. It revisits one of the most pivotal battles in United States naval history – a decisive victory that turned the tide in the United States’ punishing fight against Japan. The special premieres on Monday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Watch the cold open above.
The Battle of Midway: The True Story was one of the largest naval engagements of WWII and an encounter that would change the face of warfare forever. Battle of Midway: The True Story explores the conflict through the lens of the U.S. Navy’s three key aircraft at Midway: the Devastator, Avenger and Dauntless. Together, these three attack planes must overcome an ambush attack from the enemy and face the relentless Zero – a long-range fighter aircraft that had already wreaked devastation at Pearl Harbor. Using archival footage, interviews with historians and experts, and demonstrations of the aircraft, this hour-long special uncovers the story behind America’s first victory in the Pacific.
Battle of Midway: The True Story reveals the inner workings of the complex and dramatic clash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and how this battle, fought in sea and sky, would turn the tide of the war in favor of the Allies.
The special is executive produced by Tim Evans and David Royle for Smithsonian Channel.