Skip to comments.KNOX WARNS OF A ‘CLASH’ WITH JAPAN; MOSCOW’S DEFENDERS PUSH FOE BACK (10/25/41)
Posted on 10/25/2011 5:02:24 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
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British battleship heads for Pacific
Saturday, October 25, 1941 www.onwar.com
HMS Prince of WalesFrom Britain... The British battleship Prince of Wales, carrying Admiral Phillips sails for the Far East. The admiral is to take command of the new British Far East Fleet to be created around the Prince of Wales.
October 25th, 1941
UNITED KINGDOM: HMS Prince of Wales sails the Clyde for the Far East. Admiral Tom Phillips is aboard and will command the newly constituted British Far East Fleet.
London: Churchill condemns German reprisal killings in occupied territories.
USS Wickes (DD-75) is re-commissioned as HMS MONTGOMERY as part of the destroyers for bases deal. (Ron Babuka)
Submarine HMS Seraph launched. (Dave Shirlaw)
U-117, U-171, U-437 commissioned.
U-90, U-178 launched.
U-471 laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Whilst running supplies to the garrison at Tobruk, fast minelayer HMS Latona is attacked and bombed by German aircraft North of Bardia at 32 15N 24 14E. The cargo and the ships ammunition explode, causing the death of 4 officers, 20 ratings and 7 soldiers, but the remainder are taken off by HMS Hero and Encounter. There are 37 casualties. (Alex Gordon)(108)
Minesweepers ordered in Canada - HMS MMS 197, MMS 198, MMS 199, MMS 200 and MMS 201.
Corvette HMCS La Malbaie (ex-Fort William) launched Sorel, Province of Quebec.
AA cruiser USS Juneau launched.
Aircraft carrier USS Hornet commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)
RCAF Eastern Command makes first attack on a U-boat off Newfoundland.
In the mid-Atlantic, U-107 transferred two ill crewmembers to U-125, which then returned to base. (Dave Shirlaw)
I visited the WW II museum in New Orleans last week. It strikes me as not so much a museum as an elaborate and comprehensive presentation of the war and the various elements. There were few exhibits of stuff but many many displays of text and graphics. There were also numerous movie and TV displays, some long some short. It is a teaching experience to open doors to further study
It is very well done and to start at the beginning and see everything to the end would take perhaps two days. We were there most of the day.
New Orleans is home to the Higgins boat so the big displays included the landing craft prominently and they are restoring a Higgins made PT boat as well. The displays also include some air craft, a Sherman tank, a half track, a jeep and an ambulance.
The “stuff” exhibits are weak when compared to the Naval air museum in Pensacola or the Nimitiz National Museum of the Pacific War museum in Fredicksburg Texas
The museum is still growing and more stuff will be acquired I think. It is worth a day if you are in New Orleans.
You realize that some nuts think that “we were warned” means Pearl Harbor is our fault, right?
PRINCE OF WALES has to be the unluckiest ship in the Royal Navy. Shot up by BISMARCK, she now heads to the Pacific and the Japanese.
But at least Admiral “Tom Thumb” Phillips may be able to test his theory that battleships are immune to sinking by aircraft.
Admiral Kimmel wrote a book many years ago document the breaking of the codes and that the commanders at Pearl Harbor (he and Gen Short) were hung out to dry by Washington. They didn’t believe their Battleships could be sunk by aircraft. They missed the British attack on Taranto.
We knew about the fleet sailing the Fleet at Pearl Harbor was not warned.
Instead, they got caught in daylight without air cover and were overwhelmed.
isnt prince of wales sunk by japanese carrier carrier aircraft near the indian ocean in a couple months?
She’s sunk, along with HMS REPULSE, by landbased Japanese aircraft on either December 8th, 9th, or 10th [I don’t remember the exact date. The aircraft flew out of Taiwan and Viet Nam.
They were sunk off the east coast of Malaya. I believe you’re thinking of Nagumo’s raid into the Indian Ocean in 1942, when the Japanese sank HMS HERMES, and raided Sri Lanka.
Kimmel and Short were not “hung out to dry”.
We did not know that Kido Butai was moving to atttack Hawaii. We just knew they were under radio silence, which happened often. We also knew that Japan was up to something, probably including Malaya and the Philipines.
The disasters at Pearl Harbor and the Philippines had many fathers on the American side.
-Poor handling of intelligence
-Poor communication between Washington and field commanders
-Failure to put forces on a war footing when war became imminent (particularly bad in the Philippines).
-Shortage of proper equipment
-Failure to use equipment properly (Radar)
But it was not a set up. We knew something was up, but failed to act quickly and be prepared for anything. So when the enemy hit an unexpected spot, we got our clock cleaned.
However, only one out of four field commanders did everything properly.
Short failed, had he done his job, his entire air force would not have been wiped out on the ground, lined up in pretty rows to make the job easier.
Kimmel did not fail, but suffered the fate of any Admiral in his situation. Lose your fleet, lose your job. He should have at least had the base on a war footing and not had peacetime shore leave in place.
MacArthur should have been court-martialed for dereliction of duty given his manifest failures in the Philippines.
Only Admiral Hart of the Asiatic Fleet did his job correctly, following plans and keeping his fleet intact until it was simply overwhelmed.
It was the 10th, by aircraft from French Indo-China (Vietnam).
I assume then that you have read Kimmel’s book “Admiral Kimmel’s Story”? I haven’t bothered to read that particular one yet myself. I think if you keep reading these threads you will see that Pearl had sufficient warning to make the correct decisions, but did not.
Thanks for the run down on the museum. I had not heard of it but I have visted the other two you list. We will have to check it out sometime.
I suggest reading Kimmel’s book.
I read it in Jr High and was suspended from school for bring up the breaking of the Naval codes before the Pearl Harbor attack.
The other things you bring up were factors, but Kimmel and Short should have been kept up to date they were not.
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