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Slight correction to my last post

October 25 2013 at 8:58 PM
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Melmoth the Wanderer  (no login)


Response to Re: Helfrich & allied logistics

 

Hello,

I might have been a bit more clear and said that of course Binford also knew perfectly well there were no torpedoes at Tandjong Priok/Batavia, and he suspected very little oil to be had either.

With his ships very low on fuel, out of "fish" and his men exhausted, the thought of steaming for Batavia (at night) was out of the question.

It is worth understanding that Binford sought and received other opinions from his own destroyer skippers--which were sometimes at variance with his plans--and in the end these appear to have helped keep them all alive...Especially during the last days at Surabaja, e.g., on the 28th when he had to make the decision to get out no matter what.

{Binford attempted to persuade COMSOWESPAC to allow POPE to join him, since he knew that she would be lost if she went with EXETER, ENCOUNTER, & WITTE DE WITH, but Bill Glassford said no.}

FWIW,


MthW

 
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