Midway is the 1976 World War II film that recounted the events of one of the most significant naval battles fought in the Pacific during the war. Telling the story from both sides, an all-star cast was assembled for the film including Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Hal Holbrook, Robert Mitchum, and Toshirô Mifune. Also notable were early performances from Erik Estrada and Tom Selleck.
The movie makes use of both wartime color stock footage from 1942 newsreels, and footage recorded for other movies including Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Away All Boats, Battle of Britain (including some footage of exploding German aircraft) and Tora! Tora! Tora!. Almost all carrier scenes, including some of Japanese carriers, show the USS Lexington (CV-16), which would later play Japanese and American carriers again in Pearl Harbor.
The following weapons were used in the film Midway:
During the attack on Midway Island, US Marine Corps personnel use M1903 Springfield bolt-action rifles.
The Browning AN/M2 is mainly seen used as the flexible rear gun on US Navy Dauntless Dive Bombers.
Browning M2 Aircraft Heavy Machine Gun
The Browning M2 Aircraft heavy machine gun is used by US Marine Corps personnel defending the island of Midway as well as the primary armament of U.S. fighter aircraft.
Browning M2 Water Cooled
The water-cooled version of the Browning M2HB machine gun is seen used on the US Navy battleships and carriers during the battle.
Oerlikon 20mm Cannon
Oerlikon 20mm Cannon also are seen used on US Navy ships during the battle, including the three surviving aircraft carriers Enterprise, Yorktown, and Hornet.
Type 97 Aircraft Machine Gun
Type 1 Heavy Machine Gun (Mocked up Browning M2)
Japanese sailors defending their carriers from the US attack are seen firing Browning M2, .50cal machine guns, mocked up to appear as Type 1 heavy machine guns.