Saturday, December 10, 2011

Kido Butai at Pearl Harbor

A lot has been written about what went wrong at Pearl Harbor - a very American perspective.

If you take a neutral tactical look or look at things from a Japanese perspective - there was a lot that went right at Pearl Harbor at the Tactical and Operational Level.

Join Sal from CDR Salamander and EagleOne of EagleSpeak this Sunday, 11 DEC from 5-6pm EST as they discuss for the full hour many of the less understood aspects fo the attack on Pearl Harbor and the development in the Imperial Japanese Navy's tactical innovations with one of the co-authors of the article in December's Naval History magazine, Pearl Harbor's Overlooked Answer - Jonathan Parshall.

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ewok40k said...

one thing I've ran into seeking info on 1941 events was interesting "what if", namely "what if US crisis-era society delved more into isolationism and Congress did not pass crucial buildup bills of 1938 and 1940, plus posssibly selective service act?"
How much worse effect of the PH - plus subsequent actions - would be without the "pipeline" of warships already underway?
it made me ponder current trends with the "incredible shrinking navy", down to possibly 200 ship Navy by, say 2030? (and remember large portion of that number being LCS...) - vis-a-vis rising PLAN
it also made me look into how back in WW2 responsibilities in the Atlantic theatre forced USN to split forces, as today Gulf/Middle East forces USN to keep large portion of forces allocated there...
again things to ponder
would a single succesful nuke into Israel force "Iran first" policy in case of either Koraen peninsula , Taiwan or South China Sea conflict ?

ewok40k said...

another thought that occured to me , what if the Mahanian ideas would create in the PLAN a distinctly different view of reality - what we see as "area denial" serving deterrence  is in their eyes an immense killing field where USN is to be lured and destroyed?