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571  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.
572  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?
573  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
574  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.
575  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.
576  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!
577  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.
578  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
579  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.
580  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Spain or Turkey on: February 06, 2013, 07:24:22 pm
I was reading of Vichy's French defense of the Middle East, the Vichies put up a tough fight.
581  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: Serious topics. on: February 06, 2013, 07:18:07 pm
Wow, 2002 time flies!
582  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Spain or Turkey on: February 05, 2013, 07:55:53 pm
How would the Arabs have reacted to a German/Turkish alliance? Would the fears of a rebirth Ottoman Empire driven the Arabs to ally with the British?
583  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: December 20th 1860: South Carolina secedes. on: February 05, 2013, 06:36:03 pm
I just learned of another Civil War battle in Texas, the Battle of Laredo. 40 Confederates and held off 200 Unionist in defending 5,000 bales of cotton waiting to get sent into Mexico.
584  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: Hooray...it's over! on: February 05, 2013, 03:22:53 pm
I go into sports hibernation after football season, with brief periods of alertness at the beginning of NFL free agency and the Draft. I wake up when training camp comes around.

I have lost faith in my Dallas Cowboys, mainly Jerry Jones and Tony Romo. They are good enough to beat any team on any sunday, but not a good enough organization to win at playoff time. They are built from the outside in and not the inside out, most of the cap money is spent on WRs, CBs and very little spent of the O-Line and D-line.

I'm not a fan of the team moving from a 34 defense to a 43 Tampa Two defense. They are taking Demarcus Ware, who is starting to suffer injuries, out of space on the outside and putting his hand on the ground as a DE; where he will be taking on Tackles that out weigh him by 50+ lbs.
585  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: Time Machine on: February 05, 2013, 04:56:40 am
I'd be interested in reading an alternate history novel of how the world might be with an un-separated British Empire.
Same here.
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