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1.A. Not underestimating - am suggesting they could have had time to practice and there was no way the USN / RN would have known. And let's say 12 of 16 oilers could have been running in commercial service - hiding in plain sight - while the other 4 work with the task forces. So then capacity to go anywhere is created, even if not easy. No one says they were lousy seamen.foscadh wrote:I think you underestimate the difficulty of replenishing at sea. Keeping hulls at sea is also not all that trivial especially with commercial aircraft flying around.
That was also only one of the reasons. Things like id'ing transmissions from the carriers in Japanese home waters also made for a fair amount of complacency.
I'm a Troll, foldiwolll. I'm a Troll foldiwoll,Hark wrote:Silly nonsense.richard roper wrote: I'm sorry but FDR would not have allowed this, because he was provoking Japan to make an attack as a mans of entering the war.
Most of which are full of falsehoods and distortions that no one but complete fools believe - you know, like the nonsense about transmissions from imaginary radio operators as Kido Butai sailed to Hawaii or how a vote in Congress that actually passed by dozens of votes was claimed to have only passed by one.richard roper wrote:
There is a considerable literature on the subject.