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07 Mar 2021 5:22 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Yu Go - The Japanese Plan for a Second Perl Harbor..." to "Yu Go - The Japanese Plan for a Second Pearl Harbor..."

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Tango0106 Mar 2021 10:28 p.m. PST


"May 21, 1944: A.P.; In what some are calling a second Pearl Harbor . . .

Imagine that headline in the U. S. newspapers in May 1944. Such a headline was something the Japanese actually were planning. In February 1944, Japanese long range reconnaissance, primarily from Nauru and Ocean, established that the Americans had developed large advance fleet bases at Eniwetok, Kwajalein and Majuro. Majuro was the main base for the Fast Carrier Force. The attack was inspired by the USMC commando raid on Makin. The Japanese had planned to raid Espiritu Santo in similar fashion in October 1942, but the idea was abandoned after submarine reconnaissance revealed the island was too heavily guarded.

The obvious model for a surprise attack on Majuro was Pearl Harbor. Its lessons were apparent in the new Japanese plan, except, of course, a daylight attack was now impracticable. The attack was first scheduled to 10-11 April, but later was postponed until 20-21 May…."
From here (David Dickson, Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp)



skipper John07 Mar 2021 7:03 a.m. PST

Amazing! I had no idea. Thanks for this.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2021 8:27 a.m. PST

Another good Tango find! thumbs up

pmwalt07 Mar 2021 8:38 a.m. PST

That was interesting, especially the part about the amphibious tanks the Japanese planned to transport via submarine. Good find and thanks for sharing.

Tango0107 Mar 2021 3:17 p.m. PST

Happy for that my friends! (smile)


John the OFM07 Mar 2021 6:56 p.m. PST

It's unfortunate that this mission was canceled because many of the Japanese admirals thought this was a lunatic mission.
It's failure might have shortened the war.

Still, it does give WW2 naval gamers a scenario that uses the huge and wasted Japanese I-400 class submarines.

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