A yacht sails around Sydney Harbour with a backdrop of the city's skyline.(AFP/File/Rob Elliott)
Two of the midget vessels were spotted and attacked, leading the two-man crews to commit suicide,
Yeah, real Samurai there. I often wondered how Bushido had been so twisted as to not die in combat, but to just die.
posted on 11/24/2006 2:35:18 PM PST
("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
posted on 11/24/2006 2:38:37 PM PST
One of these is on display at the National Museum of the South Pacific in Fredricksburg, Texas. Very well preserved. A little larger than I had imagined. Be prepared to spend the entire day there if you go.
posted on 11/24/2006 2:47:11 PM PST
This one was captured at the beach on Bellows Field, Oahu after the attack on Pearl harbor. One crewman drowned and the other had the distinction of being the first Japanese POW captured by US forces.
posted on 11/24/2006 3:27:36 PM PST
("Vivit Post Funera Virtus")
Like all of Japan's war strategy their naval war was a series of miscalculations, blunders and mistakes that showed that Japanese naval authorities were the military equivalent of Alice in Wonderland.
For example, after demonstrating the use of aircraft carriers as the coming war weapon, the Imperial Navy went on to construct three of the largest and most vulnerable battleships in the world. One was never finished and two were sunk without ever sinking an enemy ship.
In their submarine war Japan built large sophisticated submarines that carried airplanes and midget subs.
Instead of using these formidable subs against U.S. logistic supply lines and merchant ships the Japanese navy wasted them by using them against enemy warships, targets against which a submarine stood little chance of sinking.
Japan's naval effort from Pearl Harbor, to Ki ska, to Midway, to the battle for the Philippines was an example of a masterful cluster-f**k.
They are better at building cars.
For an unbeliveable, high resolution photo of Sydney harbor:
Sydney at Night
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