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Was the Pearl Harbor attack flawed ?

Discussion in 'Pearl Harbor' started by steverodgers801, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. GunSlinger86

    GunSlinger86 Member

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    Why didn't the Japanese try to invade and occupy Pearl Harbor with assault troops? Would it have been feasible?
     
  2. Takao

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    That dead horse has been thoroughly pulverized over in the What If section of Axis History Forum.
     
  3. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana

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    Check the troop strength of the US Army. Then find out what forces the IJA could/would provide for an invasion. As they considered the Pearl Harbor raid to be a diversion of strength that could have been better used in the Southern Resources Area there isn't really much they would have given to the project.
     
  4. OpanaPointer

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    This goes in the wiki.
     
  5. Slipdigit

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    And here, too. I have my toes in the sand and commenting via my phone, otherwise I could supply links.

    Shiping would be a major issue getting a large enough force there, then supporting the endeavor.
     
  6. lwd

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    I doubt they could have gotten an invasion force close to PH without being spotted either. One of the factors in the PH raid was that we knew where the IJN battlefleet was and a lot of their transport.
     
  7. ResearcherAtLarge

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    Some rough calculations estimate about sixty ships just to support that one operation, had it happened.
     
  8. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana

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    And we know the IJN couldn't supply the outlying garrisons that were closer to the Home Islands.
     
  9. dna

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    Thanks, All. This is really, clear useful information and puts to rest something I've encountered sort of obliquely over the past 30 odd years. It would have been an interesting battle: 2 well entrenched US Infantry divisions, backed up with tunnel rail guns, heavy artillery and some Stewart tanks with a well considered plan of defense in depth, secure communications and solid supply lines vs. a juggernaut that's stock and trade was having its troops appear where and when you least expect them.
     
  10. lwd

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    Consider also that Japanese invasion doctrine was not to assault defended beaches and that they had little or perhaps better to say no real doctrine for naval fire support particularly if IJA forces. I seam to recall that not many of the beaches were well suited for landings but that could easily be off.
     

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