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Battle of Coral Sea - 12/27/2018 11:12:07 AM   
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The Battle of the Coral Sea 1942: The First Aircraft Carrier Battle in History
Excellent video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NB5hH3ksvKE


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RE: Battle of Coral Sea - 12/28/2018 10:19:14 AM   
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A well done examination of the battle.

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RE: Battle of Coral Sea - 12/28/2018 12:59:25 PM   
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The video demonstrates the confused nature of naval combat in the Pacific.

Missed searches, searches launched in the wrong direction, bad weather, lost planes,
missed attack opportunities, strikes launched against less than optimal targets, lucky hits….etc.

It is a validation of the wonderful game design of WITP-AE.

In all the years I have been war-gaming I have never found a game that models
the documented confusion of Pacific War naval combat better than WITP-AE.

As a side note:
Reminds me how much I miss my veteran father at Christmas time.
The veterans of WW2 are leaving us. They knew the war for what it was.

One of my favorite horror actors and a veteran, Christoper Lee, died in 2015:

As Mark Steyn Says:

“Before he was an actor, he was an intelligence officer, and had, as they used to say, a good war,
attached to the Special Operations Executive, or the "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare",
responsible for espionage and sabotage in occupied Europe. Afterwards, Lee stayed on to hunt down Nazi war criminals.
Back in London in 1946, he lunched with a Continental cousin, now the Italian Ambassador to the Court of St James's,
and confessed he had no idea what to do next, except that he had no desire to return to his pre-war job as a switchboard operator
at the pharmaceutical company Beecham's.”

"Why don't you become an actor?" suggested the Ambassador. So he did.”

On the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, he was the only member of the cast who'd actually known Tolkien.
Yet my favorite moment in the series isn't even on camera, but in the DVD commentary.
It's the scene on top of the tower where Lee's Saruman gets stabbed in the back by Grima Wormtongue,
for which the director, Peter Jackson, wanted Lee to let out a scream.”

“The actor felt obliged to explain to Sir Peter why that would be all wrong.
He proposed to let out a small groan, a quiet gasp, as the air is pushed out of his punctured lungs.
The director was resistant, so Lee said: "Peter, have you ever heard the sound a man makes when
he's stabbed in the back?"

"Um, no," replied Jackson.”

"Well, I have," said Lee, "and I know what to do.'" And from somewhere deep in the recesses of his memory
an old SOE agent conjured the sound a Nazi makes when you plunge the knife in.

https://www.steynonline.com/8952/fangs-light-sabers-and-a-supernumerary-papilla

When I play WITP-AE I sometimes get the uncanny feeling that the designers had the same kind
of insight into the real war as Christoper Lee did. Uncanny for sure!


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RE: Battle of Coral Sea - 12/29/2018 1:11:55 AM   
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Someone once said that the winner of a game of chess is the player who makes the next to last mistake.
And besides, the Pacific is a very big place to attempt to find the enemy without satellite assistance.

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RE: Battle of Coral Sea - 1/3/2019 7:42:52 PM   
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An interesting video with some historical detail that is often missed. Thanks for sharing.


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RE: Battle of Coral Sea - 1/4/2019 1:21:01 PM   
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Very nice!..Thank you for sharing.

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