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Yamato sure is kind of a legend. One has to wonder how well IJN would have fared if they had more flexible command structure and commanders in charge who actually thought out of the box and not following some rigid traditions or being too predictable..

 

A senior officer put in charge just because he was older, but not necessarily competent or having a grasp of modern war tactics etc. Ship can have best armor or guns, but an incompetent commander turns it into a floating target. 

 

Anyway without derailing too much, a truly great looking model :)

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9 minutes ago, LLv34_Flanker said:

actually thought out of the box and not following some rigid traditions or being too predictable..

I am noot much of a historian on land war fare. 
But according to the Film “ Letters from Iwo Jima “ that commander did. And that was not good for the GI’s and Marines. 
So if all should have done the same , I think some battles especially around Philippines could have been disasterous  

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Hideroku Yamamoto was one of the more flexible commanders. He had seen the might of USA himself. His ideas were not from pre-WW1 etc. And was liked by his staff/crew. Of course he had his quirks too, but one of the more modern leaders having a vision that things are changing fast from pre-war tactics and strategies.

 

But he was swept aside because of a senior officer at Midway for example. And we know how that ended because of inflexible, indecisive and incompetent leadership. This same commander committed suicide after a second disastrous engagement later in the war. 

 

IMHO Japanese culture(worship of the Emperor, bushido et) hampered their leadership and chances of defeating an opponent that adapted quickly, resulting in wasteful use of crews, soldiers, equipment etc. Also the arrogance, sense of superiority played it's part.

 

Simply too inflexible way to lead. No real freedom to achive set goals by giving more freedom to lower level leaders. List could go on. High fighting spirit and good training goes to waste with poor leadership. 

 

Oh well, enough of that. Can' t wait to see the next update :)

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You can examine their Bushido culture, and the fact that they were partially stuck in the 18th century all day long, and this certainly had an impact on the war.

 

You can swap ideologies, leaders, strategic decisions, tactical decisions, philosophy and asset displacement until the cows come home. Doing this you can come up with different results for Midway and a number of other engagements.

 

You can change the overall look and length of the war.

 

No matter what however they were never going to win the war. That outcome was written the moment the first bomb fell on Pearl. That’s not nationalism, it’s just math.

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10 minutes ago, Gambit21 said:

 

No matter what however they were never going to win the war. That outcome was written the moment the first bomb fell on Peal. That’s not nationalism, it’s just math.

 

King Henry had a word to say about math.

 

"God's will, I pray thee, wish not one man more."  ;)

 

 

 

 

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Yamamoto was an adamant protester against attack on Pearl Harbor or even getting US into the war. He had been in US and seen the potential it had in industry, military etc. Did superiors listen? No. That moustache guy did same error, underestimated the US potential...

 

OK, back to topic. I wonder what our dear Admiral Crapaud will show next.

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16 hours ago, Gambit21 said:

No matter what however they were never going to win the war. That outcome was written the moment the first bomb fell on Pearl. That’s not nationalism, it’s just math.

Of course. Same goes for Germany in 41. 
 

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