By Walter Lord
Outgunned and outmanned at the Pacific Ocean, a small American fleet defied the chances and grew to become the tide of worldwide conflict II
On the morning of June four, 1942, doom sailed on halfway. Hoping to place itself inside extraordinary distance of Hawaii and California, the japanese military deliberate an ambush that may obliterate the remnants of the yankee Pacific fleet. On paper, the american citizens had no likelihood of profitable. that they had fewer ships, slower warring parties, and nearly no conflict event. yet simply because their codebreakers knew what used to be coming, the yank military used to be in a position to organize an ambush of its own.
Over days of savage conflict, American sailors and pilots broke the backbone of the japanese conflict computer. the USA prevailed opposed to momentous odds; by no means back did Japan improve. In wonderful aspect, Walter Lord tells the tale of 1 of the best upsets in naval background.
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A series of American carrier raids, however, hunted Tone to extinction. The first on March 1 9 , 1 9 4 5 , resulted in only light damage. A much larger raid on July 24 placed three bomb hits on Tone and delivered at least seven near misses. These caused severe flooding and the ship began to settle by the stern. A further attack on July 28 added a rocket hit. The ship was abandoned for good on August 5 and was scrapped in 1948, the last of the IJN's cruisers to disappear. Chikuma at high speed under air attack on October 26,1942, during the battle of Santa Cruz.
Naval History and Heritage Command) A B O V E RIGHT The Mogami class cruisers proved to be tough to sink, and this was epitomized by the fate of Kumano. On October 26, while retiring from the battle off Samar, she was attacked by aircraft from the carrier Hancock in Tablas Strait near the southern tip of Mindoro Island. In this attack, Japanese sources claimed she was hit by three bombs, one seen hitting in this photo. She lost seven of eight boilers, but was able to crawl to temporary safety.
Losses of IJN heavy cruisers by primary cause Due to surface attack: (2) Furutaka, Haguro Due to submarine attack: (4) Kako, Ashigara, Atago, Maya Due to air attack: (10) Aoba, Kinugasa, Nachi, Chokai, Mikuma, Kumano, Suzuya, Mogami, Tone, Chikuma Nevertheless, heavy cruisers must be seen as one of the IJN's success stories. These ships spearheaded Japanese expansion into the critical Dutch East Indies, shattering all Allied opposition. Japanese heavy cruisers served with distinction during the Guadalcanal campaign, marked by the victory at Savo Island.
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