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I don't think the majority likes planes.

 

Game quality has gone down a great deal lately because peeps are playing them more than ever.

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Battle of Taranto in 1940, a RN raid on the Italians that preceded Pearl Harbor.

 

Operation Hailstone in early 1944, the US Navy hit the Japanese "Pearl Harbor of the IJN", Truk.  The intent was to catch their heavier ships (BBs, CVs) but Japanese signal intelligence got their guys warning to get out.  Still, plenty enough were caught on the raid and Truk was no longer a base the IJN could use to service their fleet outside home waters.  Truk was never invaded after the raid, but it was isolated and no longer fit to do anything of importance for Japan.  Rabaul down south was reduced the same way.  Honestly, the Japanese service personnel stuck at Rabaul and Truk had it good compared to their brothers fighting elsewhere.  The Allies left them alone and came and swept it up when the Japanese had surrendered already.

 

In July 1945, US Navy Carriers conducted a series of air attacks on Japanese ports.  The IJN was already finished before the attacks.  They had lost their veteran carriers (Shokaku, Zuikaku, brand new Taiho) in the Battle of Philippine Sea and Battle of Leyte Gulf.  Their naval aviation for all intents and purposes are non-factors as they are almost all dead from years of attrition and those same battles their carriers were lost in 1944.  Yamato and several escorting ships were tossed into a futile attack towards Okinawa and many were sunk with huge loss of life.  The IJN lost plenty of ships from years of fighting with no replacements.  Their "Big Guns of the Japanese Fleet" were committed only ONE TIME in the entire war, Battle of Leyte Gulf in late 1944, and were crushed with heavy losses.  On top of all these losses, Japan no longer had the fuel left to sortie her navy.  So the US Carrier Raids over Japan in early 1945 were pretty much the finishing bullets to end the IJN's suffering.  The end result for the Big Guns of the Japanese Navy?  Only Nagato survived the war still afloat.  Everyone else was sunk out at sea or sunk at port.  Unlike the Americans after the Pearl Harbor attack, Japan didn't have the resources to raise these sunken ships in port, repair them, and supply them to go back out and fight.  The war was over, it'd take a few more drastic actions and loss of human life for Japan to throw in the towel.  The Battle of Okinawa, the 2 Atom Bomb drops, and the earth shattering Soviet Offensive in Manchuria at the same time as the Atomic Bomb drops sealed the deal and ended the war.

 

If we want to include ships underway in combat conditions being attacked from the air, oh... I can REALLY go on with that for comedic effect.

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1 hour ago, Battleship_Orion said:

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion...

I see what you did there. Love the Blade Runner reference. Up vote for you.

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