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571  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: If US lost the battle of Midway on: February 15, 2013, 07:43:34 pm
Imperious Leader nailed the last comment.

 Japan entered the War with the West with 51 Army Divisions; however 27 where already in use in China. Thirteen of the remaining divisions were facing the Red Army. Japan was willing to head to war with the Allies with ten to eleven availiable divisions!

Japan would quickly start recruiting from it's 73 million population, but Japan kept the same habit of attacking the Allies with smaller forces.
572  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Allied Pacific Convoys on: February 15, 2013, 07:28:56 pm
The Japanese shipping losses were so great that Admiral Ozawa had to anchorge the Imperial Fleet at Tawitawi where an oil refinery exist to fuel the fleet.
573  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: Time Machine on: February 15, 2013, 04:20:34 am
probably December 1942, Stalingrad... what!?!?!?   shocked

that's the last place I'd want to be... or is it?  wink
As a Russian or German?
574  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: Time Machine on: February 13, 2013, 04:30:45 am
Correct if im wrong, did Russia own Alaska in the 19 century?Huh? Imagine if they still did....

Wonder how the Cold War would have been?
575  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: Time Machine on: February 12, 2013, 06:36:15 pm
One of the pictures that sticks in my memory from my Western Civilization class was of a huge bearded Tzarist soldier in Paris after France defeat in 1815.
576  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: German Battleship Jean Bart on: February 12, 2013, 06:31:08 pm
And had the Germans had not been able to put the French Navy to sea, the guns could have been added to the Atlantic Wall.

Have any of you read about the gun duels between Kent, England and Pas-de-Calais, France between 1940 and 1944?
577  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Allied Pacific Convoys on: February 12, 2013, 02:30:42 pm
Instead of wastefully using light infantry without any support against well entrenched Marines guarding Henderson Field the Japanese would have been better off attacking supplies needed for the Solomon offensive.
578  Other Forums / World War II History / Allied Pacific Convoys on: February 12, 2013, 05:12:03 am
Convoys get attention on different fronts, however I hear little about protection of Pacific convoys. How protected were Allied Pacific Convoys?

I read that in 1944 the Japanese did send three heavy cruisers into the Indian Ocean in the hopes of capturing shipping for the depleting Japanese merchant Navy. They sunk an old British steamer.

How would the threat of Japanese Carriers and Cruisers in Allied Shipping Lanes effected the battle readiness of the Allied Fleet?
579  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: They painted my parking spot Handicapped, and then Towed away My CAR !!! on: February 10, 2013, 10:21:41 am
fight the system
580  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Indian Ocean Fleet Battle on: February 10, 2013, 07:15:25 am
I believe it was to limit the effect of a two front war. Attempt to knock the British Fleet out while the U.S was recovering from Pearl Harbor. To seek out large U.S forces the Japanese would have to send ships deep into U.S controled waters.

At this point of the war Rommel looked to have a chance to capture Egypt, without the British Eastern Fleet had this happened, there is a chance that the Axis powers could have opened supply routes in the Indian Ocean.
581  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Indian Ocean Fleet Battle on: February 08, 2013, 05:13:01 am
But the Japanese were the best night action fighters.
Had the British got what they wanted in this battle the Royal Navy would have a defeat much like the Russians did at Tsushima.
582  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Indian Ocean Fleet Battle on: February 08, 2013, 05:08:47 am
Interesting coincidence seeing this thread!  We're play testing a scenario about this very raid (Operation C the Japanese called it) this weekend using my Pacific War gaming system.   

Keep us posted on the outcome!
583  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Indian Ocean Fleet Battle on: February 07, 2013, 03:20:36 pm
Sommerville's plan was to take the battle to the Japanese in a night action in hopes that his ship radar and a few carrier planes equiped with radar could make up for his ships age and even the odds againist the better equiped Japanese.
584  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Indian Ocean Fleet Battle on: February 07, 2013, 04:16:10 am
The British Ships in the fleet.
3 carriers
5 battleships
7 cruisers
15 destroyers
100+ aircraft
30 smaller warships
50+ merchant ships

Jsapan Fleet consisted these ships.

6 carriers
4 battleships
7 cruisers
19 destroyers
5 submarines
350 aircraft
585  Other Forums / World War II History / Indian Ocean Fleet Battle on: February 06, 2013, 08:58:54 pm
In March 1942 the British break a Japanese code speaking of an undated attack in the Indian Ocean targeting the air bases, harbor and dry docks at Ceylon. Vice Admiral Sommerville decides not to withdraw his aging fleet and decides to meet the Japanese, however he has no date of the attack.

Japanese carrier planes attack Ceylon, finding no major warships but sinking the HMS Hector and a destroyer. The British aircraft meet the attack in the air downing 19 Japanese planes at the cost of 40 British.

The two fleets however never met. The Japanese were able to sink the cruisers Dorsetshire and Cornwall along with the ancient carrier Hermes. Japan retired it's fleet which was running low on fuel.

Somerville was able to save his fast carriers HMS Indomitable and Formidable.
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