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Pearl Harbor: The Shocking Loss
That Led to a Great Victory

American Spectator, by Andrew B. Wilson

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/7/2017 4:46:48 AM

Franklin D. Roosevelt called it “a date which will live in infamy.” Today, more than three quarters of a century later, there is another reason for remembering Pearl Harbor: It evoked a response that kept much of the civilized world from falling into a new dark age of totalitarian tyranny. On the bright, clear morning of Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese fighters, bombers, and torpedo planes all but wiped out the U.S. Pacific fleet contingent of eight battleships (sinking four and damaging the four others). Two thousand four hundred and three Americans died in the attack. Unprovoked and unexpected, Japan delivered a

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: agrunt, 12/7/2017 7:14:02 AM     (No. 11473072)

A day that is held close in my family as my father was wounded while serving on the USS Tennessee early on that day.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pros7767, 12/7/2017 8:40:39 AM     (No. 11473181)

I disagree with the second "mistake." I believe it was Adm. Yamamoto who indicated after the attack that he was afraid all Japan had done was "Awaken a sleeping giant."

Check out "The Fighting Hawks at Pearl Harbor." A great Christmas present for young and old!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 12/7/2017 12:06:59 PM     (No. 11473480)

We went to the Arizona Monument several years ago. There were about 25 of us. Very quiet....just the sound of the wind. There are still over 1100 men on the Arizona. It´s really a tomb. Very moving.

Our guide told us that if you were a survivor, you could elect to ´re-join your comrades´ when you die and a navy diver will take your ashes down to the ship.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dvc, 12/8/2017 12:29:11 AM     (No. 11474193)

Japan had massive, built-in cultural/social/military tactics issues which made it impossible for them to win. Also, their industry was woefully inadequate to the task.

Their foolish individualistic samauri gloryboy approach to air combat made them far less effective. They removed the radios, and shunned self sealing fuel tanks and armor plate in their impressive Zero fighters because the weight would reduce their turning performance in a dogfight.
We found that our self-sealing fuel tanks, seatback armor and team tactics saved our pilots when they made errors or were jumped unaware. When Japanese pilots made errors or were caught unaware - they died quickly with a burst from our pilot´s guns, pilot hit or fuel tanks flaming.
By the end of the Guadalcanal campaign, less than one year after PH, the first real counterattack, Japan had already expended the majority of their well trained, experienced pilots. Pilot quality was dropping as 18th century Japanese farm boys took a lot of training to become fighter pilots. 20th century US farm boys, who worked on tractors, radios, model airplanes and jalopies for fun, and hunted birds and rabbits with rifles and shotguns trained up far faster into great fighter pilots.

And banzai charges cost them thousands and thousands of troops, as they discovered that Americans didn´t break and run like Chinese peasant troops did, and that the semiauto M1 Garand rifle fired far faster than their bolt action rifles, and Browning machine guns never jam.

They never recovered from the 4 carriers sunk at Midway, the pilots lost at Guadalcanal, Midway, Coral Sea and other early battles. By summer ´43, 18 months into the war, we had a new big deck aircraft carrier every few weeks and thousands of the new F6F Hellcat fighter planes arriving. Japan was absolutely done then.

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