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Old November 14th, 2012, 03:26 PM   #11
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And on top of everything, the Japanese caused negligible damage to the US military at Pearl Harbor.

They got the worst of both worlds...an angered superpower and one that had barely suffered a scratch
In a way I feel sorry for Yamamoto in that the American carriers appear to have all been out to sea by luck, and not because of strategy. America was still vulnerable for many months after Pearl Harbor since they had a far smaller navy to begin with, but those old battleships were not all that much use anyway in terms of carrier warfare.
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And on top of everything, the Japanese caused negligible damage to the US military at Pearl Harbor.

They got the worst of both worlds...an angered superpower and one that had barely suffered a scratch
In essence, that was the situation. The USN still had seven battleships to the IJN ten. The BBs that survived Pearl were old-time fuel hogs that would have minimal future impact on the Pacific war. North Carolina, Washington and South Dakota - all new ships - outclassed in speed and armament all the IJN had. Yamato class could not fire a broadside without structural damage to the ship.

All but two of the BBs damaged at Pearl returned to duty. Thirteen more were either planned or on the stocks in US shipyards....to say nothing of the 24 Essex class CVs, the 500 destroyers and the submarine force that demolished Japan's commerce and supply of natural resources.

Japan was doomed from the git-go.
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Also please note that Japan and USA were both preparing for conflict between each other more or less since end of WWII. It was obvious interests of these two countries gone clash at some point.
I meant WWI of course not WWII
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Also please note that Japan and USA were both preparing for conflict between each other more or less since end of WWII. It was obvious interests of these two countries gone clash at some point.
Are you referring to "War Plan Orange"? If so: US Color coded War Plans


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I meant WWI of course not WWII
Nice to know that i'm not the only one who is prone to typos on the board. Just look at my title under my handle.

Don't worry. I new egsactly what you meant.
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