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originally posted by: hiddenNZ
i remember reading somewhere that winston churchill knew the japs were going to attack PH but didnt share the info with the US because england was essentially starving from all the u-boats sinking the food ships.....basically they needed the US in the war to survive as a country.
Also that the germans may have done more damage if they hadnt taken so much time making their tanks and such,production couldnt keep up with demand,because they were so festidious with assembly and reliability......they were out numbered by the manufacture of the sherman tanks
originally posted by: Aliensun
a reply to: rossacus
The sole fact that not a single a/c carrier was in Pearl at the time is telling. We were on a war footing already for a couple of years. We were hard at work and producing all manner of military equipment. We just needed a spark to enliven the public.
The images of the ironwork of the Arizona has always bothered me. It has an appearance of being an old, used up WWI ship. Was it left in Pearl as a viable decoy? What about our subs, how many just happened to be out at sea and missed the action? Was the cost of allowing a "sneak attack" worth it? Many in command will say it was because we only lost a couple of thousand people.
originally posted by: alldaylong
a reply to: Zaphod58
Without the B-17s, those raids wouldn't have happened on the scale that they did.
So the 21,000 British built Lancaster, Wellington and Stirling bombers had no impact on the bombing of Nazi Germany then?
Right, i see where you are coming from now.