History Film / ToraToraTora

15th Dec '17 10:55:32 AM nightkiller
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* ThemeNaming: The American battleships were all named for US states. The cruisers and destroyers also had their own themes (cities and troops who died in battle, respectively), but feature far less prominently.[[note]]US aircraft carriers, which didn't have much chance to influence the battle, were named after famous sailing ships of the US Navy -- mostly late-18th and early-19th Century sloops-of-war -- as well as significant USN battles. (This naming convention was supposed to go to battlecruisers; aircraft carriers inherited the naming scheme because the battlecruisers ''Lexington'' and ''Saratoga'' were converted to aircraft carriers during construction.) The fact such carriers were named after early sailing ships, which in turn were named after famous cities, battles, people, and insects (''Wasp,'' ''Hornet'') makes the naming scheme appear more than a little haphazard.[[/note]]

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* ThemeNaming: The American battleships were all named for US states. The cruisers and destroyers also had their own themes (cities and troops who died in battle, respectively), but feature far less prominently.[[note]]US aircraft carriers, which didn't have much chance to influence the battle, were named after famous sailing ships of the US Navy -- mostly late-18th and early-19th Century sloops-of-war -- as well as significant USN battles. (This naming convention was supposed to go to battlecruisers; aircraft carriers inherited the naming scheme because the battlecruisers ''Lexington'' and ''Saratoga'' were converted to aircraft carriers during construction.) The fact such carriers were named after early sailing ships, which in turn were named after famous cities, battles, people, and insects (''Wasp,'' ''Hornet'') people makes the naming scheme appear more than a little haphazard.[[/note]]
13th Dec '17 5:35:12 PM Specialist290
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* ArmchairMilitary: The US top brass seem very reluctant to act on intelligence.

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The US top brass seem very reluctant to act on intelligence.intelligence.
** Their Japanese counterparts, with one notable exception, believe that the Americans will be cowed into compliance with a single decisive blow.
10th Dec '17 6:24:56 PM Specialist290
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* MajoredInWesternHypocrisy: {{Inverted}}. Admiral Yamamoto was a liaison officer in the US, and studied at Harvard, and declares that the Americans are a [[WorthyOpponent proud and just people.]]

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* MajoredInWesternHypocrisy: {{Inverted}}. Admiral Yamamoto was a liaison officer in the US, and studied at Harvard, and declares that the Americans are a [[WorthyOpponent proud and just people.]]]] He's also one of the few Japanese commanders who understands exactly what they're getting themselves into.
1st Dec '17 3:22:31 PM Rmpdc
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* SinkingShipScenario: Several of the battleships in Battleship Row, but most notably the USS ''Nevada'', which is forced to beach when the Japanese planes start focusing on her.
30th Nov '17 6:41:39 PM Rmpdc
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* AntiAir: Quite a number of American anti-aircraft guns are shown, ranging from water-cooled .50 caliber machine guns to 3-inch and 5-inch dual-purpose guns. Unfortunately, they're unable to prevent Japanese planes from further damaging the American fleet and airbases.



* GlassCannon: The "Val" dive bombers and "Kate" torpedo bombers are shown to be capable of devastating both American ships and bases with their ordnance, but once they come under attack by P-40s or are hit by AntiAir fire from the ground, they are shown smoking and/or going down.

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* GlassCannon: The "Val" dive bombers and "Kate" torpedo bombers are shown to be capable of devastating both American ships and bases with their ordnance, but once they come under attack by P-40s or are hit by AntiAir fire from the ground, they are shown smoking and/or going down. And unlike the Zeroes, they are very much incapable of outrunning or outmaneuvering American fighters.
30th Nov '17 6:33:08 PM Rmpdc
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* FragileSpeedster: The Japanese Zero fighter. Demonstrated when two P-40s take a few down in only one or two bursts. (In RealLife, once the Americans deployed aircraft such as the P-38 Lightning, F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, and P-51 Mustang--just as fast, if not faster than, the Zero, but not nearly as fragile--the air war in the Pacific got really lopsided.)

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* FragileSpeedster: The Japanese Zero fighter. Demonstrated when two P-40s take a few down in only one or two bursts. (In RealLife, once the Americans deployed aircraft such as the P-38 Lightning, F4U [=F4U=] Corsair, F6F [=F6F=] Hellcat, and P-51 Mustang--just as fast, if not faster than, the Zero, but not nearly as fragile--the air war in the Pacific got really lopsided.)
30th Nov '17 5:04:27 PM Specialist290
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** On the Japanese side, their efforts to synchronize the timetable so that their declaration of war comes immediately before the Pearl Harbor attack fails miserably. The attack goes off without a hitch and on schedule; however, for some reason the Japanese saw fit to transmit the declaration via one ''huge'' encrypted telegram in fourteen parts, but not to ensure that their embassy was staffed by trained typists with the adequate security clearance to handle it.

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** On the Japanese side, their efforts effort to synchronize the timetable so that their declaration of war comes immediately before the Pearl Harbor attack fails miserably. The attack goes off without a hitch and on schedule; however, for some reason the Japanese saw fit to transmit the declaration via one ''huge'' encrypted telegram in fourteen parts, but not to ensure that their embassy was staffed by trained typists with the adequate security clearance to handle it.
30th Nov '17 5:03:41 PM Specialist290
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** On the Japanese side, their efforts to synchronize the timetable so that their declaration of war fails miserably. The attack goes off without a hitch and on schedule; however, for some reason the Japanese saw fit to transmit the declaration via one ''huge'' encrypted telegram in fourteen parts, but not to ensure that their embassy was staffed by trained typists with the adequate security clearance to handle it.

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** On the Japanese side, their efforts to synchronize the timetable so that their declaration of war comes immediately before the Pearl Harbor attack fails miserably. The attack goes off without a hitch and on schedule; however, for some reason the Japanese saw fit to transmit the declaration via one ''huge'' encrypted telegram in fourteen parts, but not to ensure that their embassy was staffed by trained typists with the adequate security clearance to handle it.
30th Nov '17 5:03:01 PM Specialist290
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** On the Japanese side, their efforts to synchronize the timetable so that their declaration of war fails miserably. The attack goes off without a hitch and on schedule; however, for some reason the Japanese saw fit to transmit the declaration via one ''huge'' encrypted telegram in fourteen parts, but not to ensure that their embassy was staffed by trained typists with the adequate security clearance to handle it.
30th Nov '17 4:55:57 PM Specialist290
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** Radar spotted the Japanese first wave on its way in; when the crew report it, they are told it's the expected B-17 flight, and not to worry about it.

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** Radar spotted the Japanese first wave on its way in; when the crew report it, they are told it's the expected B-17 flight, and not to worry about it. Still worse, the radar operators have no radio; to make their report, they have to hike down to the nearest gas station and make a phone call.
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