Why was it important that the Pacific fleet's aircraft carriers, submarines, and fuel oil storage came out undamaged in the attack?  ?

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  • 1 month ago

    Hawaii was THE major fuel storage site in the Pacific.  From there they not only fueled the fleet but sent fuel out to other bases.   Had the fuel supplies there been destroyed the US Navy would not have been able to sustain its fleet and would have had to pull back to the West Coast.    Japan would have hurt the US Navy more by hitting the fuel storage sites first,  rather than just doing moderate damage to the ships. 

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  • Joseph
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    1 month ago

    Amateurs talk tactics, professionals talk logistics.  

    The aircraft carriers were out at sea on December 7, 1941 and thus escaped damage.  

    The Japanese never realized the importance of the Oahu Fuel Farm and the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard. Strategically these two targets were worth far more than the eight obsolete World War 1 era battleships in port that day.  The fuel farm held the most of the fleet's fuel supply, and six months after the attack the Navy Yard in just 48 hours patched up the damaged USS Yorktown enough to for her to join the fleet off Midway where the presence of a third aircraft carrier made all the difference. 

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  • 1 month ago

    If you mean the Pearl Harbor attack, it was important to preserve those assets because of their location.  That spot was almost the closest place to Japan where major ship docking, refueling, and arming for war was conducted.  True that Wake, Midway, Guam and Manila were closer, but they had no large harbor, no facilities for major ships, little fuel, few runways.

    The major ships lost or damaged, the battleships and some cruisers, were no longer important in a Pacific Ocean war.  Only aircraft carrier and their planes, and submarines would be able to span long distances and carry the battle to the enemy.  It had already been shown that battleships were too vulnerable to air attack.  They might be good for shore bombardment after the danger of enemy air attack was no longer present.

    The Japanese staff was warned in advance by Yamamoto that any war with US could not be successful for more than a half year.  Nobody listened.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Transfer your question to the History Channel category.  We only fix broken airplanes here.

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