I have an incredible story in this post from the WW2 naval battles, read from where I mention BB55 - USS North Carolina and downward, for the story.
If you're interested.
In the end, all parties agreed this necessary evil... Was likely for the best of everyone involved.
The US anticipated losing millions. Japan anticipated losing millions.
The thousands that died, to save the millions... Unfortunate heroes.
Although it was also just a hard fist retaliation. I am of that opinion based on the fact that the sole surviving member from a squadron dispatched
for Midway, was one of the men on board for the atomic bomb drop missions.
Definitely some sour blood there.
The US has a history of retaliation above and beyond their aggressor.
The atomic bomb drops weren't even the only example of this, during World War 2.
The story of the USS North Carolina BB55, also has a scenario of the results of retaliatory blood rage for the US.
Japan put a hole in the hull of BB55, several crewmen aboard BB55 were killed in this attack.
BB55 proceeded to get repaired after that assault and loss.
Once BB55 came back out onto the battlefield from it's repairs, the crew were fueled by revenge. BB55 went down in history as the battleship that was
an absolute nightmare for the Japanese air fleet.
BB55 racked up a MASSIVE kill count on Zero planes, and decimated any engagement with the Japanese air forces.
The men on board BB55 wanted revenge so badly for their fallen brothers, that they had some of the fastest reload times ever, in the history for Naval
warfare for some of their manually operated guns.
Guns that had to be manually controlled and fired, one round at a time, were reloaded so fast, that Tokyo Rose radio broadcasted that the United
States had a devastating new super automatic machine gun/canon.
Those crewmen reloaded and fired those single shot guns so fast, the Japanese literally thought they were automatic machine guns.
^ That is one of America's greatest stories of World War 2 dominance and is 100% true. I read that story, when I was actually aboard BB55. I've gone
through that ship a couple of times. It's a museum now, but you can clearly see the repaired hull damage, and much of the bullet damage on the ship
remains, to this day. They didn't even bother to repair a lot of it. You can see trails where Japanese bullets had hit the armor plating, they had
massive forward force, but the armor was so thick the bullets never penetrated and literally slid across the armor platings, sideways, after failing
to have enough forward force to penetrate the near 1 foot thick steel armor on the rear of the gun turrets. The rear of the gun turrets were where
many Japanese pilots attempted to shoot, because they didn't want to come in near the front of the gun turrets, AT ALL. That would be full suicide.
The other reason that they wanted the back of the gun turrets, is because that is where the crew operating those turrets internally were stationed.
Obviously that's the reason we put a foot of metal back there.
The amazing thing about that, to me... I guess the Japanese figured out the armor was non-existent or much thinner on the BOTTOM of the gun
Some Japanese pilots literally came at BB55 from a low enough attack angle. (Just a few feet above the water) So that they could try to shoot through
the gun turrets, from underneath them.
Whichever Japanese pilots attempted that, were probably some of the best damn pilots to ever fly a plane. I can't imagine trying to shoot UP at a gun
turret from below the deck level of the battleship. I would guess many pilots that attempted it, died trying.
edit on 18-5-2019 by Archivalist