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Carl Grimm

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  1. Had Hitler been an trained and educated General instead of a Corporal, things might have been different.
  2. It always seems to me that the Japanese had big plans, but the tactical commanders "chickened out" (probably the wrong term) at the last minute. Another strike on Pearl might have damaged the fuel supplies and repair facilities. In the Solomons, they sent troops in piecemeal, so the Americans remained in control of Guadalcanal, even though it was touch and go for a while. At Leyte they had the advantage, but the tactical commander bailed out before they could have done a lot more damage. However, all that would have happened is delay the inevitable. But they always seemed to think their individual personnel were superior and could win, and the Americans in turn, early on, thought the Japs were not capable of doing much of anything well.
  3. Yes, they knew and attack was coming, and yes, FDR and Churchill really wanted a reason to get the US into the war, and yes, they knew when they would be attacked. The problem, or problems, were that that they did not expect it to be pearl Harbor and even the Japanese communique did not tell the ambassador and the other Japanese rep, exactly WHERE. They expected it to be on the British in the far east or the Philippines, but not Hawaii. In case it WAS Hawaii, Kimmel and Short had been warned to be prepared, but they were not made fully aware of the situation, so they thought the most likely scenario would be sabotage by Japanese friendly to their home country. They should have been better prepared, and given better information, they might have been. Both the Army and Navy intelligence had figured out there would be an attack somewhere, just not exactly where, even after that last message from Japan. The Japanese really wanted the president to get that we would be attacked just before it happened, but really too late to get word of it to the Army and Navy. The Japanese code of honor required the enemy be warned, but it didn't have to be far enough in advance to really be prepared. the Brits would like in retrospect for everyone to think they had it 100% figured out, but they didn't. Otherwise, they would have had guns pointed north instead of out to sea at Hong Kong.
  4. In fact, the radar site was not even "officially" in operation. It had only been on location a short time and the enlisted men had only gone up early to get in some training. The officer at the control center had knowledge of the B-17s expected in early that morning and I doubt he had experience with radar either. It was "witchcraft" to most at that point... hell, I was USAF radar maintenance from 1961 to 1965 and it was still almost witchcraft to me that 20 years later. Included a picture of where my uncle, H.J. Haynes' ship was located in PH that morning. He's one reason I have read everything I can get my hands on about PH. Picture taken with a telephoto lens from the fantail of the Missouri.
  5. One thing about the development of radar during the war. the Brits were at least somewhat advanced in what they had. The US Navy had radar to send in with landings on the Pacific Islands for control of ground support aircraft and, watch for enemy planes. I know this because one of my Navy uncles went to radar school in Utah early in the war and was with one of the units. Sometime in '44 this operation was turned over to the New Zealanders because they had British radar which was more dependable. He was then transferred to a Cruiser for the rest of the war. Although he was Navy, from the way they dressed, you would think they were Marines and they also carried M-I rifles. I've been wracking my brain trying to recall what his units were called. They trained for an individual island landing, landed there and after they were through, they rotated back to a island off California to train for the next landing. There were several of these units rotating through.
  6. As I recall, they had to drive down the hill to a pay or public phone to call it in.. Then due to being simply a "training exercise", they closed up shop and returned to their base. They were probably not even there when the B-17s came in range..
  7. The radar operators had no way of knowing these were Japanese planes they saw on radar. And they did not know about the American B-17s coming in that morning, so I think they were satisfied with the officers explanation at the time, even though they were coming from farther west than the B-17s would have been. The B-17s in turn actually came in during the attack, one even landing on a golf course. Someone mentioned in an earlier post, the radar being close to Pearl Harbor. It was on the north end of Oahu, so communications were not direct and it is a fair drive from there to Pearl... I've been there and the roads are no doubt better today than in 1941. Also the site was new and the enlisted men were there for training, so the officer or anyone else for that matter, did not have a lot of confidence in radar at that point. Same probably goes for the destroyer attacking the miniature sub near the entrance to PH. The sub commander was new to the ship and a reserve officer which did not instill much confidence in his sighting.
  8. But Yamamoto was not in tactical command. The decision was up to the admiral in charge of the strike force, Admiral Nagumo.
  9. Oh, the US knew an attack was coming all right, they just never considered they would attack that far from home. The US had deciphered enough of the Japanese messages to know something was afoot and even had a good idea when, just not where. Even worse, after the Pearl Harbor attack and warning MacArthur to be ready, he was caught napping in the Philippines and most of the airpower there was destroyed on the ground.
  10. What saved the RAF and in turn GB was when the Germans stopped bombing radar and airfields and started bombing cities. This gave the RAF a reprieve an allowed them to rebuild. The Luftwaffe had the RAF on the ropes, but let them bounce back. Still, it would have been difficult invading BG due to the British Navy. Most of the shipping sunk during the Battle of Briton were not Navy, so GB still had what at that time was probably the biggest navy in the world. Crossing 20+ miles of water would have been difficult at best and maybe impossible.
  11. The FW-190D-9 was no doubt the best prop plane they had and probably if/when flown by experienced pilots were at least the equal of anything the Allies had. Just too few of them and not enough experienced pilots left in the Luftwaffe. This was the model primarily used over the airfields to try to protect the ME-262s. There was also a TA-152 derivative of the 190, but again, too little too late. More of the Germans expending energy and resources on technology and not numbers, An exception being there were about 35,000 Bf-109s of all versions built, but it was an outdated design by '44.
  12. Can you imagine the uproar had we not used the atomic bombs, we invaded, lost 100s of thousands of lives (which was expected), the Russians would have had more time to secure more territory and then the public found out we had the means to end the war quickly? I had 6 uncles in the Pacific Theater, 4 Navy and two army, one in actual airborne training to jump into Japan. One Navy who survived Pearl Harbor and one who survived an explosion on a carrier when his ship was along side fighting fires. Odds were not in their favor for all to survive. I for one think the bombs had to be used, and in a way that put so much pressure on the Japanese they had to surrender. BTW, in my picture in front of the Missouri, I'm wearing a USS California cap, the ship my uncle was on at Pearl Harbor.
  13. The United States was the only country that could take on a two front war, mainly due to being pretty much isolated from attack and having the manufacturing base already in place before we got directly involved. Also had the Pacific war been almost entirely land based like Europe, it would have been more difficult, even for us.
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