@Tanaka --- This isn't like betting on football or saying who's the better QB. That's an even playing field.
What's so great about the Japanese Leaders? Pearl Harbor, Philippines, okay. Sneak Attack + a victory in their own backyard. The US Navy immediately acted. Battle of Coral Sea was few months after Pearl Harbor, long way from California. There was no "fresh factory fleet". Coral Sea could be called a "push or tie", but come on, momentum switched. Japs at Midway, were was the great leadership, had how many years head start. US Production & Factories certainly did not win those. The ships themselves didn't win those. US Leadership & Military personnel did it.
Far as Germany, I'll give you the fact the doctrine was solid, planning & their Army was moving through minor countries. But they got stopped in Battle of Britain, North Africa, Egypt. Patton definitely match wits.
Far as the troops themselves, depends where you fight. Imagine Americans fighting on our home turf. Appalachian Mountains. Even the great General Lee stopped cold.
I get it that the Germans had cool boots, leather jackets, medals, doctrine, loyalty. But come on man, when it was a fair fight, neutral court, equal supplies, my fantasy league draft is Patton.
Japan had been fighting a war since 1936. That is what experience is. Germany: Poland, Norway, France, Balkans, Yugoslavia, Greece, Crete, N.Africa, Russia...
I'm very aware of what battles and outcomes happened in history. If you want to talk about a fair playing field the Axis never had that. Always out supplied, out gunned, out produced, out air forced, out everything. All they had was their experience. It was the same with the American Civil War. The South was out everthinged but they had more experience and better generals. We can argue all day about this and never get anywhere...
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