From: Near Portland, OR
I tried to start reading this book last night:
I got two pages in and saw two glaring errors. Both were minor, but seemed to be pretty lax research.
The first chapter was about Pearl Harbor. The first page said Genda was hoping the Enterprise, Wasp, and/or Hornet would be at Pearl on Dec 7. Why would he be wishing two carriers in the Atlantic would be there, but not the Lexington or Saratoga which were in the Pacific and the Lex was sailing out of Pearl at the time. The Japanese probably knew the Sara was in San Diego.
The other said the IJN carriers sailed in two columns, the first column being the Akagi, Kaga, and Soryu, the second being led by the Hiryu followed by the Shokaku and Zuikaku. Why would the Division 2 carriers be leading one column and trailing the other? I did some research online and the formation is well documented. The Zuikaku and Shokaku were tail end charlies of each column with the first two ships being the Division 1 and 2 ships in column with each other.
Part of me thinks I'm just picking nits, but on the other hand why read a book with such clear research errors? I'd wonder if the facts presented in the book I didn't know were right.
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