WWII's Top Mistakes - U.S.A.




 
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February 9th, 2006  
Ashes
 

Topic: WWII's Top Mistakes - U.S.A.


Following on from German mistakes, what about the U.S.A., did they make many blunders in the categories below.

Battlefield (i.e.specific battles, campaigns or operations)
Non-Battlefield (i.e. production decisions, etc.)
Political (alliances, promotions, demotions, etc.)
February 9th, 2006  
The Cooler King
 
The Hurtgen Forrest.
February 9th, 2006  
tomtom22
 
 
Battlefield (i.e.specific battles, campaigns or operations)
I agree with the Cooler King here - The battle in The Hurtgen Forrest. What a waste of time and men. It churned up too many fine Divisions.

Non-Battlefield (i.e. production decisions, etc.)
Failure to improve on the M-4 Sherman Tank even when as early as 1942 it was known to have serious problems against German armor, yet nothing was done until very late in the war.

Political (alliances, promotions, demotions, etc.)
Failure to set up a unifed command in the Pacific Theatre.
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February 9th, 2006  
Dean
 
 
Waiting until 1942.

Dean.
February 9th, 2006  
5.56X45mm
 
 
Not getting in the war quicker...
Not Striking the Japanese Imperial Palace...
Supporting the Soviets...
Having FDR as President...
Supporting the French (Charles de Gaulle)...
Allowing the Japanese to keep the Emperor...
February 10th, 2006  
Blixs
 
 
1.Having Eisenhower as head of command in Europe. The man was weak willed and often gave into the bad strategies and plans of Montgomery.

2.Not having Patton command the allied forces in Europe.
February 10th, 2006  
LeEnfield
 
 
Blixs....As a Brit I think that Ike was the right man for the job, he was not a brilliant General tactically but he was a great a man manager and kept the Allies working as a team, and he picked a good team and gave them their heads to get on with planning the war. Now you say he gave Montgomery to much power for bad ideas, and what bad ideas were these?. Now what about Ike covering for Generals like Mark Clark, this General changed the orders given to the landing forces at Anzino with out telling the General in charge General Alexandra. He told the landing forces that they should not advance until they had their full strength a shore, and by then the Germans had reacted turning the beach head in to a killing zone. Then he ignored his orders to cut of the retreating German troops from Monte Casino, and decided instead to take Rome and let the Germans go and doing so prolonged the war in Italy. Now have you ever read about Mark Clark's attack on Hargimont Forest in 1944, now that was a classic.
February 10th, 2006  
mmarsh
 
 
5.56

1. And how was he supposed to that? The country was strongly pacifist and Isolationist, FDR simply could declare war without good reason, on the otherhand that didnt seem to stop Bush...

2. Would you have preferred that some Japanese Militarist or Communist took over instead? Remember it was Hirohito that against the advice of his generals surrendered. The estimated cost of Americans KIA was estimated as high as at 1 Million.

3. Then the Soviets would have lost, and instead 60000 green troops waiting for us at D_DAY there would have been 3 Million fully equipped Crack German veterans. Sometimes the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

4. Largely considered to be the greatest President in American history, even most Republicans would agree to that...

5. Again, in that case places like D-DAY and the Normandy campaign would have been very costly for the allies, as most of the recon and sabatoge of rail and German communications was done by DeGaulles People...

6. For you that hates commies, you ought to know this one. Had the emporer left the commies most would have certainly taken control of Japan, and with it most of Asia.

My worst American mistake opinion?, Ill vote for Tarawa. Poorly planned and executed attack based on completely false information. On top of it the Island was worthless and should have been leap frogged over it
February 10th, 2006  
Fox
 
 
I think that would be Battle of Tarawa. That battle has too many died Marines than the Japs. Naval gunfire and air bomb hasn't enough to take out the fort on Tarawa Island. Of course, the reef is too close to the suface of water. The Marines on Higgins got stuck on the reef they had to get out of Higgins and swimming to the beach but the Japs shot some Marines in water. That's my opition.
February 11th, 2006  
Obvious
 
 
For not dropping an atomic bomb on Stalingrad.