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Saturday, 08 December 2018


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What David, you start using that turmeric in all your cooking like I tolt you? Or maybe go with Michael Adam's advice and the fish oil?

Damn David, that was seven years ago!

Or what now I'm recalling one of your more recent posts and sumpin Bob mentioned about "reminiscing about boinking to unconsciousness" ... you mix sumpin into the Memsahib's tea when she weren't looking?

Or she into yer'n?

I have always thought that FDR was aware that an attack on Pearl Harbour was imminent and he let it happen as it was the only way the American people would consider going to war again.

Why were there no carriers at Pearl during the attack?


The Lexington was ferrying a flight of Marine Corp bombers to Midway, the Enterprise, a fighter group (Marine also) to Wake and the Saratoga was in San Diego to pick up multiple squadrons.

Kimmel's trial noting these *odd movements made sure to note naval strategy at the time was battleship/cruiser intensive. Strategic carrier strikes were, at dawn in Hawaii December 7th considered highly unlikely.

(I distinctly recall a past D&N post bearing a link showing how very brand new offensive carrier operations were - 'underway replenishment' too. I'll try to find it but no guarantees.)


I hope that helps Frank.

G'day JK

That's an interesting article.

Aye AD. And although this'un ain't in David's archives you'll probably find it interesting too.

In the "hidey hidey heigh ho" sense of naval operations.

Thanks JK.

Way back in the early '70's I was at a joint USN/RAN function which was addressed by a retired senior USN Officer who posited the same interpretation that the IJN had completely outsmarted both the US and British.

His opinion of the conspiracy theories was that people allowed an inbuilt concept of the inferiority of the Japanese to convince themselves that the Japanese could not outsmart them so therefore it had to be a conspiracy.

He had served through WW2 in the Pacific and was a fascinating speaker - especially to the junior officers present who had been fed the conspiracy ideas.

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