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Error in Cherry Blossom: The True Story

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Having met destroyers with assault troopers at the St. George Canal

No such thing in that part of the world.  One presumes that the author means the St. Georges Channel between New Britain and New Ireland.  The word "troopers" is questionable, too; "troops" would be more appropriate.  Further, the line implies that the troops were embarked on destroyers, where the end of the paragraph mentions "transport and escort ships".   The whole section is a bit of a mess.  Automatic translation?

 

 

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A battle of Canal boats?

That'd be hilarious, somewhat reminiscent of the Ironclad days when admiralities considering ramming to be the most effective tactic with small space that canals tend to have.

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4 minutes ago, skull_122_steel said:

probably a translation error you see it a lot from both WG and Gijin

It's a bit mysterious to me how one can mis-translate a proper name.

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Just now, iDuckman said:

It's a bit mysterious to me how one can mis-translate a proper name.

I do it all the time it's not that hard if it's not your maiden language.

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2 hours ago, iDuckman said:

Further, the line implies that the troops were embarked on destroyers, where the end of the paragraph mentions "transport and escort ships". 

Hey @iDuckman, I didn't get to read the original article. If this was something that happened in WW2, then it is entirely possible that they were transport destroyers, specifically; older DDs converted to troop transport roles because of their low profiles and greater speed. Many retained partial armaments to defend themselves with. The IJN used theirs first, at Guadalcanal, and the USN quickly followed their example. Much of the famed Tokyo Express was done with ships like this under IJN Admiral Tanaka. Both nations used transport DDs during the pacific campaigns.

Here are some web pages with additional info for you:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_destroyers_of_World_War_II

http://destroyerhistory.org/flushdeck/green_dragons/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-speed_transport

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The USN converted several of its WW1 era Wickes and Clemson class destroyers into fast troop transports. They were apparently preferable to the troops as an alternative to being embarked aboard a large, slow moving conventional transport (big bullseye target).

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10 minutes ago, Umikami said:

I didn't get to read the original article. If this was something that happened in WW2, then it is entirely possible that they were transport destroyers,

Here's the article https://worldofwarships.com/en/news/common/cherry-blossom-story/   It's quite interesting.

Thanks for the info about transport DDs.  That does make a lot of sense for a relatively small number of troops.

 

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We called our transport DDs APDs, which were converted four piper WWI era DDs. Later, some WWII DEs were also converted for this purpose.

Because of the report of a US task force in the area, Admiral Omori decided to send the 5 destroyer transports back to Rabaul. They were not involved in the battle. Hence, all the IJN DDs in the battle were functioning normally without army troops aboard.

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