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Guadalcanal, Tulagi and Gavutu: American Perseverance in the Summer of '42

Blair31 Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 10:09 AM
At the end of the 1976 movie Midway, Minoru Genda asks Isoroku Yamamoto, after Japan lost the Battle of Midway, "But who will tell His Majesty?" Yamamoto replied. "I will tell His Majesty." Before Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese Army criticized Yamamoto and threatened his life. According to the A&E Biography episode on Yamamoto, he was sent to sea to save his life. When asked about it by Emperor Hirohito, Yamamoto, who knew the United States, (he was Naval Attache` in the 1930s), and knew that Japan didn't stand a chance against the United States. He told Hirohito that he could only promise six months of victories and after six months, he only saw defeat. That prompted cries of "defeatism" by the Imperial Japanese Army.
Moonbat Exterminator Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 12:12 PM
Yamamoto knew that the only chance the Japanese had was a shock and awe knockout blow to take out the US Pacific fleet, prompting the US to sue for peace. Pearl Harbor was botched in that first, the Japanese ultimatum was delayed and not delivered until after the attack and second, that the US aircraft carriers were not harbored, but at sea.
Buford14 Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 1:58 PM
Admiral Nimitz said he Japanese screwed to pooch at Pearl Harbor. They did not destroy the fuel stored in above ground tanks less than a mile from Pearl Harbor and did not destroy the repai facilities at Pearl. Not having to tug the damaged vessels to the mainland for repairs saved us millons of dollars and a lot of time. Plus by attaxcking n sunday morning the vessels that were hit were not maned with full crews so we had trained crews in place as the vessels came back on line. Nimitz was right about that.
scott s. Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 4:29 PM
I think you see that the IJN was very much wedded to the idea of A T Mahan naval strategy that the proper strategic objective was the destruction of the enemy fleet. So the Japanese sent a force of 5 carriers into the Indian Ocean in April 42 in an attempt to destroy the British fleet there. The wear and tear on the Japanese fleet would prevent an earlier attempt on Port Moresby which probably would have been successful, and also delayed and impacted the broader move on Midway and the Aleutians.

The Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese surprise air strike on Pearl Harbor and subsequent attacks on American bases in the Philippines dealt U.S. naval and air forces a savage material blow.

For six months, Japan maintained what military analysts call "the strategic initiative." Japan acted, the U.S. and its allies reacted. Japanese forces, with their fast aircraft carriers providing the offensive muscle, seized territory and threatened allied lines of communication in the central, western and southern Pacific. Japanese commanders determined when and where major combat action would occur.

The heady, fast-paced and sensational days of Japanese offensive superiority lasted until...