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Re: I'm judging Raven's comments...
So, you know you got it right, but how are we to know you got it right with respect to your chat with the Japanese survivor? Was it recorded? Was the survivor's account reliable? Can you provide, say, a duplicate tape so that others can check the accuracy of your statements? And, perhaps, a translator to make sure you understood the Japanese source's english -- or his Japanese.
Some things (heck, a great many) in history are not knowable to legal standards; that's why there are well over a thousand biographies of Abraham Lincoln, and each of them no doubt bears the effects of the author's own prejudices and responses to the documents that he or she has consulted. Alan's account is based on the best information he had uncovered over a long period, some of which not only can't be verified through documents now held in seclusion and some that will never be verifiable because they were verbal and the source is no longer available. Historians have to make do with what they've got, and the best of them are those who not only do the best digging but also are able to render their conclusions comprehendible by their readers. So you disagree with Alan. So now it is incumbent on you to provide sourcing for areas where you disagree. Just writing "Nah, nah, nah" doesn't quite cut it.
I'd bet you and Alan both agree that BISMARCK was sunk, though.
...by his own standards.
Here we have a supposed conversation Raven had which is totally lacking in documentation or substantiation...and broadcast over the very Internet which he (Raven) condemns at every opportunity for these very same acts.
Sorry, I'm not buying and the more so since we do have records of what transpired over Leach's conduct at the Denmark Strait. Raven's conversation is great but until he can actually substantiate it with something of substance it the very essence of Internet information which even Wikipedia wouldn't touch.
Now take the Battle of Tassafaronga: no one should take my word when I relate that I know what was said and done aboard the bridge of Takanami before the action began...except that I not only rounded up Japanese sources, but I interviewed her senior survivor who was on the bridge at the time. Absent those sources folks would be--understandably--rather skeptical.
Given Raven's penchant for making claims he neither documents nor supports--like his comments about Dorsetshire 's survivors being repeatedly strafed in the water after her sinking--I'm more than a little skeptical.
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