- Apr 2010
- T'Republic of Yorkshire
Individuals maybe. States, no. And even in the case of individuals, mostly no. See below.Do you disagree with the idea that people are less likely to use things associated with groups they hate, or that the pre-1941 Japanese hated the British?
The Japanese took note of the British attack on the Italian fleet at Otranto, liked what they saw and copied it. The fact that they were potential enemies had nothing to do with it.I can see now that the term "hate" is a stronger word than I thought. I simply used it because I am talking about a period just before Japan and Britain went to war.
I do think that the Japanese had more gain by joining the axis than joining the allies, or staying neutral, but I have no reason to think that they didn't also have significantly more to lose by joining a side that was vastly inferior in resources. However, It seems apparent to me that "international statesmen" as you say, are just as human as the rest of us, and prone to mistakes based on flawed logic and reason that usually come down to emotional matters such as feeling left out. This goes doubly for the military clique ruling Japan at the time. I do think they at least, "strongly disliked" Britain for various reasons, most especially the peace terms of WW1 that they felt ripped-off by.
The British liked the design of German jerry-cans so much that they tried to get a hold of them and used them whenever they could instead of their own designs.
The Germans were so impressed with the British Mosquito that they tried to develop their own version of it.