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Old 03-18-07, 09:11 AM   #19
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Default Re: Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific gone gold

Originally Posted by AlphaWolfII
I think he means that submarine warfare in the Pacific didn't have a decisive impact on the war's outcome.

Of course they did. They sank 55% of the total tonnage of Japanese ships. Would the US still have won? I think so, but it would have taken more time (years?) and lives to do so.
Probably true. But Allied carrier groups and long range bombers would have decided the war's outcome.

Originally Posted by AlphaWolfII
Had the Germans won the Battle for the Atlantic the war's outcome might have been quite different.

Would it have slowed down the effort? Sure. But there's a multitude of reasons I don't think this is true. First, there are airplanes. They're tough to sink with a torpedo. Second, Germany was already fighting a two-front war in Europe. Invading Russia in the winter? Just plain stupid. This is what happens when you have an idiot for a leader who bases his decisions on preconceived emotions instead of facts (sound familiar?).
Airplanes don't win wars alone. If the Germans had controlled the Atlantic Ocean it would have been near impossible to reinforce the Allied armies in Western Europe.

I'm not saying Germany would have won the war. But controlling the Atlantic Ocean would have made it possible to hold the Western Alles at bay while forcing a decision on the Eastern Front and/or North Africa.

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