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Came across this 40 minute documentary on the history of torpedoes.  The troubles the USN had at the beginning of WWII is given particular attention.  The IJN's Long Lance, unfortunately, is barely mentioned.

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:Smile_amazed: How does one have a documentary about torpedoes, and not going into length on the best torpedoes of the war? 

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1 hour ago, Doomlock said:

:Smile_amazed: How does one have a documentary about torpedoes, and not going into length on the best torpedoes of the war? 

Because it's an american documentary made in america, with american money, for an american audience. And the average american doesn't really give a crap about foreign stuff.

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6 minutes ago, Lert said:

Because it's an american documentary made in america, with american money, for an american audience. And the average american doesn't really give a crap about foreign stuff.

Sadly true.

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All I need to know about Americas Torpedo problems during the war I learned from the great documentary "Operation Pacific" starring John Wayne. 

 

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34 minutes ago, vonKaiser said:

"Operation Pacific"

One of the films that my Dad and I used to watch. Poppy was a huge fan of the Duke.

Thanks @vonKaiser for bringing up a nice memory +1:Smile_medal::Smile_honoring:

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1 hour ago, Chaos_EN2 said:

One of the films that my Dad and I used to watch. Poppy was a huge fan of the Duke.

Thanks @vonKaiser for bringing up a nice memory +1:Smile_medal::Smile_honoring:

My Grandfather as well.  If it wasn't an old John Wayne movie it was Bonanza or Gunsmoke.  And once those were over "In the Heat of the Night" came on lol

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21 minutes ago, vonKaiser said:

If it wasn't an old John Wayne movie

My Dad's and mine favorite was "The Quiet Man". I have watched it so many times I have lost count.

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22 hours ago, Umikami said:

Sadly true.

That's why I mentioned the IJN fish get short shrift in the OP.  It did have the USN torp debacle, which is what I was after when I went looking on YouTube, but I didn't want anyone sitting through 40 minutes of waiting for the Long Lance to be covered only to say, "Hey!  I was suckered!"

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