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Belle Geddes Midway Dioramas

Jap Attack Sand Isl.:  Sand Island, which housed most of the Atoll’s facilities, also saw extensive damage including the base hospital and power station.  Although seriously wounded Midway’s defenders were still potent shooting down 15 of the attackers.  The Japanese air commander sent back word that a second raid was indicated.

Life magazine, with the help of the USN, commissioned the construction of an incredible series of gigantic dioramas that illustrated the various events and phases of the Battle of Midway. While preparing Barrett Tillman’s exhaustive article on that operation in this issue, our own Stan Piet stumbled upon what appears to be the entire file of Bel Geddes photos. So, we put him to work arranging and captioning each so we could present them to our readers. It’s a fascinating, educational way to look at one of the most pivotal battles of WW II.
Clicking any image will launch the slideshow.

Updated: April 4, 2012 — 11:07 AM
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  1. This is an amazing presentation of perhaps one of the most confusing and complex sea battles of WWII. Reading the histories of this battle over the days it took place, involving two time zones with some U.S. Navy ships’ logs on Hawaii time, and other U.S. ships logging related events in a different time zone, makes it difficult to follow. These images also clearly present actions that were never photographed and the would be a terrific addition to the published histories of the Battle of Midway–a turning point of the war in the Pacific.

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