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Re: It's clear now...

April 25 2015 at 1:22 AM
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Response to It's clear now..

 

Jacques,

Well, in a more serious vein, the battle off Samar is perfectly descriptive and accurate. Far better methinks than, say, the battle of Makassar Strait, of which there were two so-named 11 days apart, with only one occurring in that strait and the other taking place rather distant from it. In the first action, a.k.a. the battle of Balikpapan, on January 23-24, 1942, the U.S. Navy achieved surprise and did well, but in the second, on February 4, the Fates were not kind to the American cruisers (plural). That second clash also bears the name of Madura Strait and the Flores Sea, both of which also widely miss the mark. Better the battle of the Bali Sea or the Kangean Islands for its actual location. Were the early February 1942 battle not commonly named for the too distant Makassar Strait, there would today not be the confusion between it and the one 11 days previous, which has the more legitimate claim to the name.

Nelson

 
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