I am no specialist in military history but I knew that the japanese torpedoes were the most advanced type in WW II, with a very long range, high speed and a powerful explosive head. No other country in the conflict had such an effective torpedo. Despite this advantage, I've read that the problem was the doctrine on the use of submarines. They were focused on attacking the enemy's fleet instead of attacking strategic targets, as the freighters or supply ships. So, due to this wrong approach, they do not take advantage of this weapon.
In the case of Wake, they had a great advantage in military means but they didn't have a good plan. They didn't expect such a fierce resistence and they were close to a real defeat, as Bill Sloan points out. Nevertheless, in History there are some random events that could break the "line of destiny" (if destiny is written...). The american carriers were not destroyed at Pearl Harbor and most historians consider that this was a decissive fact for the next months of war, enabling the American command to strike back with an adequate force. But it is really amazing how other random events failed to have any influence in history, For example, Hitler suffered 15 attempts of assassination during his life, including the famous final attempt of Von Stauffenberg in july 1944, but he survived in all the situations. Maybe milions of lives would have been saved if just one of these attempts had been successful. But may be not.
|Battle of Wake, 1941: an alternative history episode||927||Titus Livius||02-Apr-11 12:19|
|Re: Battle of Wake, 1941: an alternative history episode||393||Avatar||02-Apr-11 14:49|
|Re: Battle of Wake, 1941: an alternative history episode||380||Hoppy||02-Apr-11 15:17|
|Re: Battle of Wake, 1941: an alternative history episode||273||Titus Livius||02-Apr-11 16:40|
|Re: Battle of Wake, 1941: an alternative history episode||364||Eddie Larry||02-Apr-11 15:18|
|Re: Battle of Wake, 1941: an alternative history episode||291||Titus Livius||02-Apr-11 16:22|
|Re: Japan - missed opportunities||383||Thunderbird||03-Apr-11 04:53|
|Re: Japan - missed opportunities||317||Titus Livius||03-Apr-11 09:38|
|Re: Japan - missed opportunities||260||Thunderbird||04-Apr-11 04:32|
|Re: Japan - missed opportunities||294||Titus Livius||04-Apr-11 08:43|
|A few final thoughts||288||Titus Livius||05-Apr-11 10:54|
|Re: Battle of Wake, 1941: an alternative history episode||571||Pete Vanderzwet||05-Apr-11 14:26|