- May 25, 2005
- Reaction score
- Teutoburger Wald
Yes, that was one of my points. The US knew about the German problems,--the Brits had serious problems, too--but still failed adequately test their ignition system. That's bad, but what's worse (and head should have rolled over this) is that they didn't test them after the war started, but instead blamed the skippers, killing some young officers' careers in the process. The Germans fixed their problems in six months; it took the US a year longer, and our resources were far greater than Germany's.Despite their success, the Germans also had torpedo problems: http://www.uboataces.com/articles-wooden-torpedoes.shtml.
That excuses all sorts of failure. This failure cost thousands of marines their lives on islands across the Pacific. If you start adding in the potential Chinese, Burmese, Indonesian, and Filipino lives into the calculation, we are taking hundreds of thousands of lives.Not quite. It is a bit like sports. You are judged on championships (overall effect)...ie tonnage sunk. Doesn't matter the season was not perfect...doesn't matter that there could have been a better torpedo for the US.
Pretty spot on analogy.Not quite. It is a bit like sports. You are judged on championships (overall effect)...ie tonnage sunk. Doesn't matter the season was not perfect...doesn't matter that there could have been a better torpedo for the US.
I suspect Donitz himself would have happily traded one aspect of 'his' advantages for more Allied merchant ships at the bottom of the sea.