About December 7th 1941. A day which... Page 2
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Since this was 1941 it must include what was left of Vichy. Strasbourg managed to escape from the besieged port with four destroyers. The allies came worst off at Dakar since HMS Resolution was so heavily damaged that it had to be towed to Cape town.
Although the Italians capital ships were ineffective (in the later stages fuel was a factor) they did require a British Mediteranean fleet to be present, and the Decima Flottiglia MAS were very effective, sinking two British battleships amongst many other exploits
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Last edited by perseus; June 23rd, 2009 at 14:03..
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I really think that if you look at the number of Allied ships sunk by the surface fleets of Germany, Italy and Vichy France you will still have a couple of fingers left over to count the number of competent Japanese naval commanders.
I have deliberately left Uboats out of this mix as they were primarily engaged in merchant sinkings and outside a couple of lucky breaks early on before escorts were available they were ineffective against combat vessels.
We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation. ~Francois De La Rochefoucauld