Switch King to Pacific Fleet and Kimmel to Atlantic Fleet

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April 16th, 2018, 7:23 pm #21

I think I saw something at one point that suggested they could do broadside fairly late in the war in sheltered waters but it's been a while since I saw the issue discussed.  It may have been a topic over on the WW2 forum.
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April 16th, 2018, 7:31 pm #22

Very interesting, I'll keep my eyes open.  I have something that talks about the Japanese refueling during the run towards Pearl Harbor but I don't remember what book it was in.  Maybe I'll run into it again one of these days.
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April 16th, 2018, 7:43 pm #23

Might be in Shattered Sword.  j-aircraft might also have a thread in either the navy or everything else sub forum.
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April 16th, 2018, 7:53 pm #24

I'll check that and Gorden Prange's book on Pearl Harbor.  Could have been that one too.  Hope I don't get sucked to re-reading the whole thing again lol
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April 16th, 2018, 8:05 pm #25

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.
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. 

1.B. And this possibility - the IJN was doing lots of things they didn't think possible -  DID give the allies second thoughts about where the KB or an IJN landing force could possibly go such as Samoa, Ceylon, Mauritius, etc.

2. Agreed there were many reasons for US and UK complacency. That's just the old intel problem of seeing/hearing what you expect. After PH, Force Z, etc., there was a lot of belated concern about what the IJN might be able to do.  (They didn't know how many oilers the IJN did or did not have, but they had to allow for possibilities previously unknown.)
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April 16th, 2018, 8:05 pm #26

there are worse things that cold happen.

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The above in reference to Hark's post about rereading Shattered Sword
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April 16th, 2018, 9:49 pm #27

oh hell yes, and Gordon Prange and John Lundstrom.  Pure gold.
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