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Re: Helfrich & allied logistics

October 25 2013 at 12:11 AM
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'[1] Both HOUSTON and PERTH were very short of main battery ammunition and hoped there would be some at Tandjong Priok. There was none. Both cruisers ran out in the Soenda Straits battle."

Not precisely true. HOUSTON had ~300 rds of 8" left, or fifty (50) shells per gun at Sunda Strait...Her main battery had fired some 25-30 salvos that night when Turret Two was destroyed by a direct hit & Turret One put out of commission in the resultant magazine floodings.

As for the torpedo situation, Binford had no intention of even trying to re-arm and go back out to fight that night or the next day. Far from it. He knew perfectly well there weren't American torpedoes to be had at Surabaja. (There had been some vague messages concerning the transference of spare torpedoes by rail from Tjilatjap, as I recall, but nothing came of this...and with good reason.)
He was absolutely determined to get his ships away from the Java meat-grinder rather than lose all of them & another 600 men pointlessly.
No one--except perhaps Helfrich--ever criticised Binford's decision. VADM Thomas "Beulah" Binford was extremely--and rightly--proud of it himself in later years.



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  • Slight correction to my last post - Melmoth the Wanderer on Oct 25, 2013, 8:58 PM
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