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  1. I don’t think you understand how small the crew requirements for the United States Navy were. Any land battle of WW1 or Civil War would massively dwarf the casualties sustained from a decisive sea battle. The loss of 5 Battleship may only amount to like 500 deaths (if their magazines weren't hit), a drop in a bucket when put against a world war that would see the deaths of tens of millions. The US public would not be so damn sensitive over human losses in a naval battle, especially when the numbers would be so small. Compare Pearl Harbor to Operation Market Garden and you looking at 10 times the casualties with Market Garden.
  2. The Philippines was a US Territory, same as Hawai'i. The American public did not let an attack on Pearl Harbor go unanswered just as it would not let an invasion of the Philippines go unanswered. Frankly I don't understand this picture of America you paint where they just give up US Territories without a fight and surrender wars after moderate casualties.
  3. US forces would have been under siege in the Philippians, that’s easy enough for everyone to understand.
  4. It's not comparable to put Trafalgar on the same level as Jutland. Nobody thought the Franco-Spanish were going to win Trafalgar, not even Admiral Villeneuve who made the decision the engage as he was doing it entirely out of pride. There's no way the US Admirals would move their Battleships out of Pearl Harbor and engage the Japanese with no expectation of victory, that's greatly underselling the leadership of the USN. A Jutland style battle greatly favored the US because they would eventually have 25 BB and near 100 CVs involved with the war. If the Japanese fleet is crippled in the opening days of a American-Japanese war, then the war has effectively been ended. Japan can't replace her ships and the US isn't going to give up after a single decisive battle. The US didn't fold after Pearl Harbor and Britain didn't fold after Jutland. It's important not to underestimate American resolve. Vietnam was not an example of the US morale being defeated entirely by enemy forces, the American people had enough with US military lies and it takes a great deal of time to reach that point in a war. Even if the US were still using CVs as trivial auxiliary weapons, they would still be there a part of the fleet screen for the Battleships making it difficult to engage them without other Battleships.
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    How Effective was Battlecruiser idea?

    Maybe, but IJN CVs had a habit of exploding from very minor damage in WW2 due to very poor damage control. And Mutsu exploded in port over what is believed to be a simple fire so I’m not sure IJN procedures were all that much safer then the Royal Navy’s.
  6. Air power was wimpy back then. Given how little damage HMS Arc Royal did to Bismarck with her first torpedo hit, I’m not even sure she could even sink Bismarck with further Swordfish strikes without surface ships making point blank attacks.
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    Midway What-If: Wasp and Ranger instead of two other Yorktowns

    I created this quick gif of Montemayor's Midway video to better visualize what I'm talking about:
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    Midway What-If: Wasp and Ranger instead of two other Yorktowns

    One of the most critical things is that Lieutenant Commander Thach was stationed on the USS Yorktown. He made the first use of the famous "Thach Weave" that confounded the Japanese Zeros at the critical moment that VB-3 and VB/VS-6 made their critical hits and 3 of the 4 IJN CVs. It is perhaps because the Zeroes were dealing with the "Thach Weave" that the Japanese CAP fighter had briefly left their Carriers unguarded as they attacked VT-3 which gave VB-3 and VB/VS-6 the perfect opening. Without USS Yorktown and LCDR Thach, the "Iron Fist" against the CV may have gone a completely different way, or not at all. The problem with predicting an alternate Battle of Midway is that the CVs are just so sensitive to any kind of damage that it becomes hard to predict the outcome since nearly all attacks on the Kido Butai are an all-or-nothing affair.
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    How Effective was Battlecruiser idea?

    Well, as noted in the Night Action of Jutland, German ships could impersonate Royal Navy ships using the lamps, while British ships could not do the reverse. "British ships had not trained for night action, but German ships had. The Germans had better searchlight control, using iris shutters which could rapidly switch on and off the light, star shell which could be fired over enemy ships to illuminate them without having to use a searchlight, which automatically presented a target for return fire. They used a system of coloured lights for recognition signals between ships, which the British could not duplicate, whereas the British used plain flashed morse signals, which the Germans were partly able to copy after once seeing them, giving some advantage when ships met. Scheer determined that his best chance was to pass the British fleet during the night." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_action_at_the_Battle_of_Jutland#Prelude "Half an hour later the eleventh Flotilla was again spotted by German ships, this time by the IV Scouting Groups, to which SMS Elbing and SMS Rostock had become attached. The Germans were spotted approaching, but having earlier seen the British challenge signal in use, were able to signal the British ships and continue to approach. At about 1 mile range, the German ships switched on searchlights and opened fire. Castor returned fire, and she and two of the destroyers, HMS Marne and HMS Magic each fired one torpedo at the German ships." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_action_at_the_Battle_of_Jutland#Second_Scouting_Group_and_Eleventh_destroyer_Flotilla
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    How Effective was Battlecruiser idea?

    The Royal Navy really didn't like using radio in WWI because they could be intercepted by the Germans. That's why they kept all radio transmissions to an absolute minimum and used signal flags. I know they use signal lamps in the night action of Jutland, but the Germans were able to fake light communications to the British and confuse them, but I'm not sure why they didn't use such a system during the day. Perhaps because the Germans could visually see the commands if they used lights? I don't know enough about WWI Navy communication doctrine. Better call @mofton
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    Modern presidential yacht

    I was talking to some of the historians in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, they mentioned that a Presidential Yacht just wasn't in keeping with the image of the United States which is why Reagan never sought to replace the USS Sequoia. Even Reagan's Air Force One was a pretty modest aircraft.
  12. My guess would be the 74 gun class Ship of the Line. The reason being that she was the most common variant of the ship of the line and all major navies had them and that they did most of the hard fighting in the age of sail.
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    WWI-WWII AA Guns and Effectiveness?

    Here's what I'd define success as. Did firing 600-1000 rounds and wearing out all those AA gun barrels cost less than the damage on a single plane that made it back to base? If it's costing more resources to ward off planes then the cost of the planes themselves, I'd say that AA is only being successful as deterrence.