Collectibles: The Battle of Midway

State Standards

  • 11.7 Students analyze America’s participation in World War II.
    • 11.1.Examine the origins of American involvement in the war, with an emphasis on the events that precipitated the attack on Pearl Harbor.
    • 11.2.Explain U.S. and Allied wartime strategy, including the major battles of Midway, Normandy, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the Battle of the Bulge.
    • 11.4.Analyze Roosevelt’s foreign policy during World War II (e.g., Four Freedoms speech).
    • 11.6.Describe major developments in aviation, weaponry, communication, and medicine and the war’s impact on the location of American industry and use of resources.

Project Summary

For this project, we designed a baseball card based on traditional designs that included details about some person, place, or thing from World War II. For my specific card, on the Battle of Midway, I included details about the location, commanding officers involved, casualty counts, and details about the event. The front and back side of the card were adorned with flags and patriotic paraphernalia. Additionally, the card had "special" features incorporated into, such as a collectible status and various other significant facts about the battle.

How and What I Learned

This project was another excellent chance to learn about naval aviation practices during the Second World War. I was disappointed to learn how poorly several dive-bomber squadrons performed, but it was an interesting experience. Perhaps my favorite portion of the research, however, was studying the aircraft carriers were utilized and used. At that time, naval aviation was a relatively new practice and was only just beginning to become a major strategic factor. The strategic importance of the battle did not come to me until I began research and found that most of the Japanese fleet had been destroyed at the battle. It was an excellent learning opportunity to understand the art of war.


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