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apan would not have dared strike in SEA & the Pacific in winter 41-42 (Rob modified)
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SolomonW
2017-06-11 01:05:46 UTC
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The Japanese fleet set sail to Pearl Harbor on the 26 Nov, say on the 30
Nov; it ran straight into a major storm. Some of the ships were badly
damaged; the fleet needs to return for repairs.

What happens now?
John Dallman
2017-06-11 08:58:00 UTC
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The Japanese fleet set sail to Pearl Harbor on the 26 Nov. Say on
the 30 Nov it ran straight into a major storm. Some of the ships
were badly damaged; the fleet needs to return for repairs.
What happens now?
Well, their first priority is to get word back to Imperial HQ to prevent
the other attacks happening. Because if those attacks start, Japan is at
war with the USA anyway, and the Pacific Fleet is undamaged, which is a
very serious problem.

Assuming they get word back without giving away that the fleet was out,
there are frantic repairs, and the operation is tried again a few weeks
later. That time around, they may get to attack Force Z in harbour as
well.

John
SolomonW
2017-06-12 01:25:20 UTC
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Assuming they get word back without giving away that the fleet was out,
there are frantic repairs, and the operation is tried again a few weeks
later. That time around, they may get to attack Force Z in harbour as
well.
John
Assuming that it can be done.

30 Nov fleet wrecked.
4 Dec arrive back to Japan.

Repairs time taken unknown say 10 days.

14 Dec fleet sails again.

Its 11 days to Pearl Harbor

So the earliest the war can begin is 25 Dec.

If the delay is much longer, then come early Jan 1942, it would be apparent
that the Germans are in retreat in North Africa and Russia and the war will
be a long one which Germany may not win.

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