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POLL: Giffen at Rennel Island: Monumental Screw-up or Scapegoat?


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Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP writes:

Plenty of our Admirals screwed up during that part of the war.

But in the end the Japanese navy was a ghost of what it started the War with.

Between Guadalcanal and Midway they could no longer face the US Navy and when it did it got shot to pieces.

Yes he positioned his ships against attacks from Subs and he did not figure on a dusk attack by aircraft.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
Giffen was a scapegoat
14
15%
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other (explain)
4
4%
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Giffen screwed up
16
17%
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no opinion
61
64%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION
In Naval History magazine (June 2011), Richard B. Frank writes that Robert C. Giffen who was predicted at the start of WWII to be one of the Navy's best commanders "screwed up monumentally" at the Battle of Rennel Island (off Guadalcanal). His commanders blamed Giffen for the defeat… yet Giffen would go on to other assignments and a promotion.

Did Giffen screw up at Rennel Island, or was he simply a scapegoat?

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.