by Datechguy | October 24th, 2013
Captain Queeg: The way those subs ganged up on us, I thought they had it in for me personally.
The Caine Mutiny 1954
I only know what is. I’m also big on what was. On what will be, I haven’t got a clue.
Oh God 1977
The Third in a series of why the GOP should thank Ted Cruz for his fight against Obamacare Part 1 The Time Stream is here part 2 The Contrary Voice is here, Part 4 Memories is here and the final part In Summation: Conventional Wisdom is here.
Before there was a Dark Knight movie there was the Dark Knight Comic book where an elderly Jim Gordan is on the verge of retirement and a 55-year-old Batman returns to fight crime in a more dramatic fashion than before. The incoming commissioner however is not impressed with Batman and is determined to have him arrested.
At this point Commissioner Gordon talks about World War 2 about how people today thought everyone worked together to whip the AXIS powers but how in reality the nation was afraid. He talked of reports of the Japanese off shore and how the west coast was ready to be invaded.
While the neither the fictional Jim Gordan nor writer Frank Miller mentioned it things weren’t must better in the east the 2nd U-Boat “Happy Time” was in progress and things didn’t look good.
And that brings us to April 18th 1942 and a non-fictional James by the name of Doolittle.
The Doolittle Raid had just about every argument against it.
You had a new bomber untested in battle
You had a land based bomber taking off from Aircraft Carriers
And that’s just the technical issues then there is the logistics
You are using a depleted fleet to make a strike
You are having to move this depleted deep into enemy waters undetected
and then there are the risks
If the superior Japanese fleet detected them they were done
If the Fleet didn’t get close enough the Planes might not reach the Airbases and would be lost
You are risking trained air crews at the tie when they were at a premium
Additionally it would be Japan access to the B-25 if any were taken access they did not have at that time.
And lets say that all of these things are overcome what do you get?
At best minor damage to the targets
A propaganda victory.
Every rational cost benefit analysis said that this mission was high risk with little if any reward at best. Yet the mission was approved, the crews volunteers all, flew.
All of the planes were lost 3 airmen were killed 8 captured the rest eventually made it to friendly territory. According to Wikipedia (granted not the most reliable source) Doolittle thought he would be court marshaled for the loss of this plains.
He could not have been more wrong.
The mission was a huge propaganda coup, it lifted the spirits of the country to no end and it had an effect that was absolutely unexpected.
Japan was totally taken aback by the raid, the effect on the populace was electric. This directly led to the Battle of Midway the decisive victory in the Pacific war
all from a battle that was high risk low reward that any sensible person would have told them to avoid.
It’s Thursday and the good news is the Red Sox are up 1-0 in the World Series. The Bad news is despite an instalanche yesterday This week’s paycheck is only at $59
I’d like to think I’ve done more than $59 bucks of work this week but I don’t make that call, you do.
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