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Re Philippine Sea, I would add...
...that there were some critical failures of Japanese naval intelligence (faulty Traffic Analysis, IIRC) in March 1944 as well that factored in at Philippine Sea.
Unfortunately, by then the errors made by Tokumu-han
had been serious enough to undermine IJN confidence in their work.
To some extent it seems these errors were also at least partially responsible for VADM Koga's departure from Palau for Davao in the P.I. at the end of March, and another fateful series of events...
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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