Originally Posted by Poly
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.