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I always understood that Asian eyesight was generally poorer than Western eyesight, blamed on the rice diet, BUT that may have encouraged the development of excellent optical aids.
 

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I always understood that Asian eyesight was generally poorer than Western eyesight, blamed on the rice diet, BUT that may have encouraged the development of excellent optical aids.
This is an urban myth. Asian eyes might be less than Western ones on the vertical axis, but larger on the horizontal axis. Therefore, the total light collecting area is likely to be the same. Also, Tokyo was one hour ahead of Washington in the international time zones and, therefore, got to launch their torpedoes an hour before the US forces knew they were there. A torpedo traveling at 45 knots can go a long way in an hour, even cruising when it runs out of fuel.

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This is an urban myth. Asian eyes might be less than Western ones on the vertical axis, but larger on the horizontal axis. Therefore, the total light collecting area is likely to be the same. Also, Tokyo was one hour ahead of Washington in the international time zones and, therefore, got to launch their torpedoes an hour before the US forces knew they were there. A torpedo traveling at 45 knots can go a long way in an hour, even cruising when it runs out of fuel.

I offer this in the advancement of science. (Thumb)
I see, (he said with his eyes shut), so if the Japanese lookouts laid on their side, they would find American binoculars just as effective? (Ouch)
 

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As far as I know, Japanese eyes are the same as everyone else's, it's the eyelids that are different.

However, can anybody comment on the ability of Japanese girls to blow raspberries when sliding down bannisters?

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You are quite correct John , it's the eyelid operation that makes the difference.
Japanese eyelids open and shut at a greater frequency than American and gave rise the the famous Ray Spruance quote "there's that blinking Jap again ".

The raspberry is a matter of a pinion .
 

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You are quite correct John , it's the eyelid operation that makes the difference.
Japanese eyelids open and shut at a greater frequency than American and gave rise the the famous Ray Spruance quote "there's that blinking Jap again ".

The raspberry is a matter of a pinion .
Ha ha. Good one John. That pinion sounds painful, it would have anyone screaming like a Banzai.

Glad I just stuck to the temples and electric wireless shops. If you've seen one mushi mushi you've seen 'em all.

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Art 6,
I also found the article very interesting, and going back to the battle of Jutland where there was only one effective torpedo attack have this story.

My father was an era Engine Room Artificer during this battle on HMS Marlborough struck in the engineroom by a torpedo. I asked him whwat it was like in there, he said, 'It was not very nice." The official report said that two men were killed and several wounded.

The German gun fire was most effective in this battle and it has been said the this was partly due to their excellent Zeis optical range finders and their operators.

As a cable ship navigator in the 1950s I had to use Bar and Stroud optical range fineders and remember how they were a great strain on my eyes. Thank goodness for Radar.
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Kamikaze - 'Divine wind', from the wind which destroyed a Mongol invasion fleet in the 13th century.

Kaiten - 'Return to heaven' - Manned torpedoes.

Shinyo - 'Sea quake' - small fast motorboats, also loaded with explosives.

Also there were divers carrying explosive charges, not to 'place and withdraw' but to place themselves and detonate - less sophisticated than a limpet mine used by everyone else, but just as effective.

They really developed the suicide bomber concept - Others now follow.
 

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Germany were considering making the V1 flying bomb into a piloted suicide weapon, the Reichenberg IV, to be used against Allied shipping. The test pilot Hannah Reitsch nearly lost her life testing the concept. However, it appears that the scheme was put into action, and a number of pilots were trained to fly the weapon. While training was nearing completion, and plans made to start attacking Allied ships and warships, the Allies scuppered the programme by inconveniently landing troops on Normandy beaches on 6th June 1944. As the situation was deteriorating rapidly, enthusiasm for suicide bombing faded away. A suggestion was put forward to use battle weary FW190's as suicide weapons on the Eastern Front, but it was refused by German High Command. (Himself.)

Roy.
 
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