Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Erin go Bragh! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
The war begins with the Japanese storming into the Philippines. Houston barely escapes the considerable Japanese blockade.
The real battle is at Midway. Here the American and Japanese fleets fought their first surface action. The results were mixed. The Japanese tried to use carrier aircraft, but were brought to battle regardless. The Maryland was sunk, but Japan lost the carrier Kaga and cruisers Ashigara and Haguro. Nagato suffered severe damage. The battle left the Americans with carrier superiority. However, in the pursuit of the Japanese a lucky torpedo sank the Texas.
The Eastern fleet shifts to the Pacific and the US navy challenges the Japanese in the Central Pacific. A grand battle is fought, the first carrier fight which ends with Lexington sunk. Then the greatest naval battle since Jutland was fought. Japan lost Yamashiro but sank Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. The US navy ran, but the crippled Tennessee was finished off by cruisers.
Off the Marshalls Islands a smaller battle is fought. The carrier Hosho is sunk but Japanese land based aircraft help to drive off the Americans.
American defeats have caused morale to dip severely.
With the central Pacific secure, the Japanese now make a series of deep strikes to the north. The Americans in the meantime attack the Marshall Islands.
Japan seizes Attu and Dutch Harbor to the north and Midway in the center. The Aleutians battle is a struggle between cruisers, with the Northampton being lost before the Americans retreat. Yet, the Marshalls are taken. Both sides claim the tide is turning.
Japanese deep raids at US Mandate are turned back, but the North Pacific is taken by the Japanese. The Akagi’s planes catch and sink the carrier Langley.
Off the Marshalls Islands a Japanese cruiser force is caught unawares. Chokai, Myoko, and Takao are all lost, crippling blows to Japan’s cruiser arm, but in the fighting the New York is sunk by a torpedo.
The American navy confronts the Japanese in the central Pacific. The Japanese ignore this and instead make carrier raids. The newly built Ryujo strikes at Hawaii, sinking the cruiser Salt Lake City. In the North Pacific the Akagi strikes again, sinking the Mississippi.
By now the war is a seeming disaster for America. They have lost seven battleships and have failed to prevent Japanese penetration in the Pacific Ocean. Terms are asked for by the new president, Franklin Roosevelt, who is more worried about the crumbling American economy.