When was the Midway invasion plan in the book?

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    This was a huge combined task force and it came a month after the Japanese got turned back at Coral Sea and I just can't see it as having come off the cuff. Does anybody know when the planning started?
     
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    Operation MI was approved 20 April 1942.

    Apparently there was already some sort of contingency plan. After Doolittle raid the contingency plan for Midway was updated and then executed.
     
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    #3 VBF-13, Mar 17, 2013
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    OK, so it was in the works before Coral Sea. I'm wondering why, then, after they had just suffered the loss of momentum in that critical Coral Sea area, they hadn't thought of diverting the Midway Striking and Occupation Forces back to there. That's the area that meant anything to them, not Midway. If I'm missing something, it won't be the first time. But, if so, what is it?

    EDIT: I get the speeding up of the plan for retribution. I just think they'd have been better served, given they then knew their push to Australia had been stopped in its tracks, to have resumed the offensive, there, with that combined task force.
     
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    I agree. Midway wasn't worth the bones of a single IJN sailor.

    Coral Sea should have been delayed until at least 4 Japanese CVs were available plus a full division to invade Port Moresby. Japan would have the muscle to take the place and deal with any Allied naval vessels that get in the way.
     
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    Dave, then we see this the same way.

    FWIW, I asked the question, as it occurred to me they couldn't have thrown that massive Midway operation together in just a matter of weeks. They could accelerate it, had it already been "in the book," so to speak, which, hearing you, is precisely what they did. When you said they planned it in April, that made more sense. That was just over a month out from Coral Sea. It was part of their comprehensive strategy. Maybe that strategy dictates they get Midway in July, or whatever, while, at the same time, they're going through Southeast Asia. But, that train hit an "open switch," there, so to speak. While Coral Sea was by no means a decisive victory on our part, it did "derail" them. Why not forget about the Midway operation and hit back with those resources in Southeast Asia, and get that train back on the rails? They even had the Occupation Force figured in to beef-up those island bases.

    Yeah, I'm kind of scratching my head on that, too. :confused:
     
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    Why did Big Mac pour hundreds of thousands of U.S. and Australian military personnel into Northern New Guinea rather then island hopping from Australia to the economically important East Indies?

    Military commanders sometimes do dumb things. Japanese decision to fight at Midway fits that category.
     
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