Pearl Harbor is a different place and an excellent anchorage.
Its shallow waters a, I am told, similiar to the Shallow waters of Taranto Italy.
A daring raid was made on 12-12 Nov. 1940 by the same type of aircraft, the obsolete Fabric Biplane
Fairey Swordfish, the same aircraft that hamstrung Bismarck
when she and Prinz Eugen
broke thru the Denmark Straits on14 May,1940.
As you know the Battlecruiser Hood was sunk in an Engagement, but her loss we have discussed and discuss again if desired.
We may also discuss Taranto in detail at some point. But, siffice it to say this was the first time,in wartime, tha capital ships were sunk when their adversary's capital ships could not be seen by the Italians.
Taranto was also a sheltered harbor of relatively shallow water.
I am told, anecdotally, that because shallow water of the Anchorage, the Italians did not deploy 'topedoe nets' to protect the capital ships in the harbor.
Does this sound at all familar?
In any event i am told anecdotally that the Japanese, an ally of Italy who wol d have had observers relating details of the attack through the military attaches present at the time,
The simple daring of the attack made an impression.
Point the second, with far more operational aircraft of better quality, the notion began to Germinate in Japanese Naval circles as to how to strike a devastating blow against the US.
Remember that sometimes sanctions can kindle a war. After 1937, American Sanctions, particularly the cutting off of oil supplies, the Japanese determined to attack the US, Britain, the Dutch and the French,
Although Pearl was the most distant target, it housed the greater (non japanese) part of naval power in the Pacific. We can talk of the loss of Singapore, and the batttles in the Java Sea as part of thhis thread.
Point the third; Japan deteremined to make a major naval air attack on pearl harbor while she could still be sure of sufficient fuel for her warships and plane to complete her plan to create the "Greater Eastern Prosperity Sphere" which would come to include Annam, Thailaand, her conquests in China, and the Oil Rich Ducth East Indies (Indonesia) .
Now that we now an attak is coming I will take a break to post some of the japanese military equipment. More will be added, perhaps to this thread, so you may want to read the opening thread over from time to time as it may be 'fleshed out" and compleeted later. It is a big subject.
Here are some pictures. hopefully more wil be added:
Akagi in an anchoraage
Arizona sinking into Pearl'ls Muddybottom
Another View of Battleship Row from the air including Arizona's fiery death
and a drawing of the start of survey for repairs.
Maryland, lightly Damaged, sits alongside Oklahoma. Subsequent pictures show thr "righting' of the capsized Oklahoma, but the decsion was made NOT to refit her. This made Arizona and Oklklahoma the only two Battleships to bee declared "lost to enemy air attack" as regards the officiaal war records.
The Pictures have captions that explain themselves. More to follow after we complete a comple a pictorial of Pearl Harbor.