American director John Ford was a regular in the propaganda circuit, and The Battle of Midway was one of his most revered documentaries. Six months after Japan’s devastating assault on Pearl Harbor, the United States Navy dished out a heaping of whoop-ass to the Imperial Japanese Navy, halting Japan’s attack on Midway Island, located between Honolulu and Tokyo. Ford had set up shop on the island to film the soldiers going about their daily routines, but he was able to catch live footage of the battle itself on his handheld 16mm camera after hearing gunfire and other combat sounds. It’s a set up right out of the Blair Witch/Cloverfield playbook, except, you know, it was real, and Ford lived.