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Historians Discuss "What Ifs" of Pacific War - 5/16/2012 4:26:28 PM   
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see the link:

http://www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org/Home/refighting-the-pacific-war.aspx

notables amongst them John Lundstrom and John Parshall

Interesting but a little long (1hr, 20 mins)
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RE: Historians Discuss "What Ifs" of Pacific War - 5/16/2012 5:36:23 PM   
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Cool. I will have to check that out.

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RE: Historians Discuss "What Ifs" of Pacific War - 5/16/2012 6:06:59 PM   
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Nice find Spence, Thanks for sharing

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RE: Historians Discuss "What Ifs" of Pacific War - 5/17/2012 12:29:55 AM   
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The video didn't seem to do much except buffer. I went for the podcast option instead... They talk about Pearl and Midway and take some questions. It was entertaining.

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RE: Historians Discuss "What Ifs" of Pacific War - 5/17/2012 11:16:08 AM   
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That was quite entertaining. Really like the second to last question, I have asked it myself many times. With 1 US CV vs. 4 Jap CV + CVLs and CVEs why didn't they go on the offensive?

The Solomons! LoL Attrition to air groups was primary. I also learned something very important I can apply to AE. As the US player, I want attrition all day every day. As long as I am killing planes, soldiers, and ships I am winning. This tit-for-tat naval engagements where I am winning tactically aren't helping me win the war.

In my current game against the AI, Port Moresby is my meat grinder for the moment (Aug 42) since the Japs still hold Noumea obviously a Solomons push will not happen for a while, if at all. I may just go for Tarawa and push up the Central, cutting the south off and all of those troops stationed there. I actually ran out of supplies at PM, and my convoys were getting smashed, but an Operation Pedestal type miracle saved them for the moment.

Man I love this game!

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RE: Historians Discuss "What Ifs" of Pacific War - 5/17/2012 2:49:23 PM   
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The Pritzker Military Library has an awesome collection of Podcasts; lots of authors we discuss on this site show up there giving talks. I for one could listen to an hour of Max Hastings telling me about the sandwich he's making; for example. Highly recommended: List of all their podcasts

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RE: Historians Discuss "What Ifs" of Pacific War - 5/17/2012 3:23:24 PM   
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The Medal of Honor series they have is very interesting.

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RE: Historians Discuss "What Ifs" of Pacific War - 5/18/2012 2:12:44 AM   
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@richlove - Thank you for that link! Being a ripe 28 years of age (haha, that was a joke if anyone couldn't tell, lol) it seems rather odd to my peers that I have such a passion for military history......heck, history in general. It's not like I chum around with college types anyway (recovering narcotic addict) but they aren't all brain dead either. They just don't like to learn something new everyday, which is my central goal in life besides teaching my kids the better qualities that were instilled in me. Being raised by my grand parents, and my grandfather being a WWII naval combat vet, I was brought up 1930's style, and I thank them everyday for it now that I am almost grown up ;) LoL

Most of my friends would fall asleep, but this stuff is like a block buster movie for me, and this site went on my favorites list in record time. I love to read at any rate, with Bergerud's "Fire in the Sky: Air War over the South Pacific" being my first love and purchase of an essay style look at any aspect of WWII. Since, my library has grown modestly, including his book about the ground campaign in the Solomons, "Touched with Fire: The Land War in the South Pacific", "The Blond Knight of Germany: A biography of Erich Hartmann" written by Raymond Toliver and Trevor Constable, and several of the Stackpole Military History Series about the actions and personalities of the Luftwaffe in WWII.

These pod casts are like books on tape for FREE! You just can't beat that, and most of this stuff is topic focused, so you get from one video what you would have to pick apart ten books to find on your own. As was said in the vid in the OP, technology has allowed the minority of people with our interests talk to one another with such ease and share information so quickly, there has never been a better time to be a fan of history. I can say that much of what I have learned wouldn't have been possible without this wealth of information that's out there waiting to be taken in.

LoL, sorry about going on like I do. I get excited about this stuff, and love to talk about it with others with the same interests. LoL, if it wasn't for the net, I don't think I would have conversations about such things more then twice a year. So, a big thanks to all of you just for showing up! And to the Matrix for putting out such an amazing game as to bring us all to one spot on the wide open internetz!

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RE: Historians Discuss "What Ifs" of Pacific War - 5/18/2012 9:30:28 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Sakai007


LoL, sorry about going on like I do. I get excited about this stuff, and love to talk about it with others with the same interests. LoL, if it wasn't for the net, I don't think I would have conversations about such things more then twice a year. So, a big thanks to all of you just for showing up! And to the Matrix for putting out such an amazing game as to bring us all to one spot on the wide open internetz!



I'm pretty much the same way. That's why I hang out in the WiTP forum with the big kids, I love hearing them talk about the Pacific War. That thread a couple of days ago about octane levels in the fuel tanks of WW2 fighter planes had me shaking my head.

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RE: Historians Discuss "What Ifs" of Pacific War - 5/19/2012 1:03:44 AM   
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Thank you for this. Don't have time for the next month or so but this is going right on top my podcast MY current favorite, The History of Rome" podcast just ended after about 4 years and 180 episodes. If you have any interest at all in the Roman Empire, and you should, the are worst ways to spend 180 hours. Current favorite is "The British History" poscast. Just coming out of the dark ages so you can get in on the ground floor of this one

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RE: Historians Discuss "What Ifs" of Pacific War - 5/19/2012 1:17:38 PM   
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Great little video. Does anyone know that website Parshall mentions about Japanese air group records?

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