Combined with these two victories, the Kokoda Trail Campaign marks the point at where Japan lost the strategic initiative to the allies.
Pre-war Australian war plans had depended on the British fleet shielding it from any potential enemy.
The success of Operation FS hinged on one crucial outcome: the occupation of Port Moresby on Australian-controlled Papua New Guinea.
Although this defeat cancelled Operation FS for the time being, capturing Port Moresby remained a key objective.
With four carriers sunk at Midway, it’s doubtful that Imperial navy would have the capacity to launch a renewed Operations FS.