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Re: Battle of Leyte Gulf
the 2 problems the 7th fleet battleships had was 1: most of their main ammo was HE & most of what they had of AP shells was used against the Japanese Southern Force.
2: the distance where they had just fought the Japanese Southern Force to meet up to fight the Japanese Center Force at their best speed of 21 knots was not doable in the time allowed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Leyte_Gulf#Battle_of_Surigao_Strait_
I watched a documentary today about this battle. They kinda made it sound like the IJN just nearly won. Ok so I have some questions.
If the IJN BB force had not retreated and kept attacking.
How long until they could have destroyed our invasion fleet.
How long would it have taken the 7th fleet warships to engage. I know these were the older BBs but would have put up quite a fight.
How long would it have taken the 3rd fleet carrier planes and warships to engage.
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