The Secrets Of The Ijn Fleet

5th April 2013, 22:18
A miniature rain squall drops a temporary mantle over several dark hulls moving swiftly along a line of South Pacific islands, wrapping what are warships in even tighter darkness than the moonless night has accomplished. Momentarily flitting in and out of a low deck of clouds spilling across the 1942-era Solomon Sea, the indistinct forms emerge long enough to take a faint bearing on one another before plunging back into blindness again. As rivulets of rain showers course off their armored turrets, the five heavy cruisers - Aoba, Cholai, Kako, Kinugasw, and Furataka are on their way to keep a date with destiny, one that the Emperor will be pleased to toast.

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6th April 2013, 01:16
good morning bud cshortridge 73,today, secret of ijn fleet.i liked the opening words to a very interesting thread.i read the whole link,and found it very informative re,the Japanese navy,its a wonder they did not do better with all that fire it showed in the clip.they had not accounted for air power capability from the u.s.air force.thank again.have a good day,ben27.

6th April 2013, 01:49
The Japanese exceeded the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty in the size of the cruisers they built, while the Americans actually built cruisers that were undersized by as much as 1000 tons. However, the Japanese ships paid a price in seaworthiness in that many of their heavily-armed ships proved to be top-heavy. Where the Japanese really outscored the Americans was with their torpedoes. Japanese ships were more heavily-armed with torpedoes, even carrying re-loads. In addition, the Japanese torpedoes were excellent, and Japanese crews were well-trained in their use. American torpedoes were of much poorer quality, and American crews had less experience firing live torpedoes because that was considered to be too expensive to do. Before the war the Japanese, who didn't have radar, practiced night combat maneuvers far more than the Americans did. For their part, the Americans tended to rely too heavily on the supposed advantage of radar. For those reasons, the Japanese initially did very well in the sea battles around the Solomon Islands. However, the Americans proved to be quick learners, and soon began to outfight the Japanese. More importantly, the Americans were able to replace the ships and crews they lost in the early months of the war, which the Japanese could not.