Nor is the Ohio State Athletic Department a publicy traded company, for that matter.
Midway is commonly held as the point where the US went on the offensive and carried it to the end- but, looking at 1942 and a lot of 1943, it isn't quite that clear.
Military history is always interesting subject. You have to get used to the idea that little causes and big outcomes are just normal parts of doing business, which they aren't always in other aspects of history. You just have to get used to the idea that one guy can fall off a horse in the morning, causing ten thousand people to die in the afternoon and a kingdom to fall the week after.
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It's been commonly accepted for a long time that Nagumo, the carrier commander, lost the battle of Midway early on, by continually switching the target for the second wave still on his ships. This was the view of Fuchida Mitsuo, who was the air wing commander for the entire Carrier Striking Force. Because of appendicitis, he was on the bridge with Nagumo rather than flying at Midway. In his history of the battle, Midway, the Battle that Doomed Japan, Fuchida argued that Nagumo's refusal to follow the advice of Yamaguchi to launch immediately once the carriers were sighted meant that the carriers were full of planes when the dive bombers came. However, a later work, Shattered Sword, by Johnathan Parshall and Anthony Tully, argued that the need to continually refresh the combat air patrol during the series of disorganized American attacks meant that the second strike, no matter how armed, was still in the hangar when the sighting was made. Therefore, the time it would take to move the fighers off, lift the strike to the deck, spot the deck and take off would have interefered with landing the Midway strike- that is, Nagumo had a choice: either launch the second strike and have the Midway strike ditch for lack of fuel, land the Midway strike, clear the deck and launch the second strike with torpedoes, or land the Midway strike, rearm everyone, and send out a powerful, full deck strike against the Americans. The third was Japanese doctrine, so he did that. If the US dive bombers never found that destroyer, or had shown up in a coordinated attack with the torpedo bombers, or just taken off half an hour later, he would have made the right choice- we would have lost two or three carriers.
The Japanese and Germans, rather thankfully, didn't believe their codes could be broken- they were just too mathematically complex, or, in the case of the Japanese, relied heavily on secret code books. Neither of them really understood the advantages of computers in code breaking.
One of those fun facts about the odds. After the war, the US Naval War College has wargamed the battle several times. Of course, there are some rules to handicap the Japanese players, since they know something the Japanese didn't historicaly.
The American side has never, ever replicated the results of the battle. In fact, they've never, ever won. Most of the time, they got wiped out for little Japanese loss. Such is the slender thread of history.
I'll need to swing through and see it sometime- it's an interestiing ship from a design and historical perspective, too.
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The movie had some great actors in it- Henry Fonda, Charleton Heston- but could use with another run at it. There's a pretty good Japanese version, that is, of course, Japanese focused. But, the Doolittle Raid tends to be unappreciated, both in its time and today. Unfortunately, we're down to just four surviving Raiders today.
Military history at work is way better than work at work, though.
I try to give credit where credit is due, of course.
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Don't call it a comeback, I've been here for years.
Normandy is the big story of this date in history, but we'll wait a couple of years for the 75h anniversary.
I'm with you on the good thoughts for our servicemen and women!
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Yeah, that was a fun game to watch. Also, the 11W commentariat meltdown was kinda hilarious, too.
I'm kinda curious how they could figure out the Congo's favorite sport, but not Angola's.
I mean, we could wait for Jamarco himself to say something. Or the school. Or the athetic department. I mean, maybe.
Nah, fuck that. Let's parse cryptic tweets on Satuday night! This is way better than anything else you could do on Saturday!
You're joking, right?
Military History. Wait...
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It's always a good day for Thermopylae. And just remember, no matter what the movies tell you, the Spartans didn't dress like this:
Even if Zach Snyder filmed it that way and David painted it that way.