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OT: Battle of Okinawa - 4/14/2012 9:42:23 AM   
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I've been reading about the Battle of Okinawa the last couple of days. I'm trying to imagine a fleet of 1200 ships with 40 fleet and light carriers. 40 carriers. Damn. Wasn't the Enterprise our only carrier in 1942? The build up is staggering in such a short time.

What impresses me is the logistics in keeping that force supplied for 3 months while under fire.

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RE: OT: Battle of Okinawa - 4/14/2012 10:56:13 AM   
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Wasn't the Enterprise our only carrier in 1942? The build up is staggering in such a short time.


The Enterprise and Saratoga were the only carriers left from the pre-war USN fleet. There was also the Ranger, but she only operated in the Atlantic.

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RE: OT: Battle of Okinawa - 4/14/2012 12:21:41 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: ilovestrategy

I've been reading about the Battle of Okinawa the last couple of days. I'm trying to imagine a fleet of 1200 ships with 40 fleet and light carriers. 40 carriers. Damn. Wasn't the Enterprise our only carrier in 1942? The build up is staggering in such a short time.

What impresses me is the logistics in keeping that force supplied for 3 months while under fire.

Check out volume eight of Morison's History of United States naval operations. It covers Operation Forager—the Marianas, where we tried really huge scale ops for the first time. Yeah ilove, the logistics problems were staggering, although obviously not insurmountable.


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RE: OT: Battle of Okinawa - 4/14/2012 4:57:45 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: ilovestrategy

I've been reading about the Battle of Okinawa the last couple of days. I'm trying to imagine a fleet of 1200 ships with 40 fleet and light carriers. 40 carriers. Damn. Wasn't the Enterprise our only carrier in 1942? The build up is staggering in such a short time.

What impresses me is the logistics in keeping that force supplied for 3 months while under fire.

Yeah the U.S build so much stuff they could drop it into the water in San Fran and then the troops fish it out at Okinawa ^^

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RE: OT: Battle of Okinawa - 4/14/2012 5:11:20 PM   
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logistics, yeah.

1.75 million artillery rounds fired by USA/USMC, not counting 350,000 rounds lost to enemy action. the vast majority of the supply was brought in over the Hagushi beachhead.

600,000 rounds (5" & larger) fired by USN.

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