From: Kila Hana
Thanks. That is incidentally something we can't replicate much in game, we already know much what work and what not. We for example know in the day when we lost a submarine.
Speaking of known losses, I recently finished reading Ian Toll's Twilight of the Gods about the last two years of the Pacific War. One of the more fascinating passages was about the air-sea battle off Formosa in October 1944. Due to wild claims of successes in battle by Japanese pilots, declarations of a phantasmic sea victory begin to resound in Japan. The IGHQ stated that Japanese warplanes had sunk ten carriers eleven battleships, three cruisers and a destroyer, along with a long list of American cripples. Japanese newspapers and media reported 500,000 tons of US shipping sunk and 26,000 sailors killed in action. Emperor Hirohito declared a public holiday and Japan went on a week-long binge of speeches, rallies and partying like it was 1941. The IJA even changed its Philippine strategy as a result of this 'victory' and started reinforcing Leyte instead of holding pat on Luzon.
Of course, the cold truth of this fantasy was that two USN cruisers had been torpedoed, but got had away safely. Most senior Japanese admirals knew it was a mirage, but kept their mouths shut. All in all, it was the sort of monumental self-delusion no game system can ever fully simulate.