September 19, 2010
The first thing that leaped out at me was that it appears that I got my aircraft carriers wrong. Allegedly. The Chitose and Chiyoda would have been lousy choices to escort the Yamato halfway around the world. They were poor carriers, unsurprising since they were actually converted seaplane tenders. They weren't particularly fast, nor were they long-legged. Meh, so I'm wrong, because that's what's up there on the screen.
Of course, there's also the Amagi. A member of the Unryu class, which was based off the Hiryu, in real life the Amagi's career was pretty much limited to the Inland Sea before it was sunk in harbor at Kure Naval Base by USN planes. It capsized to port, with its starboard-side island nearly parallel to the water. So how exactly did the producers of Strike Witches miss this:
Yeah, the island is on the port side. Whoopsie. I'd write it off to alternate-universe, yadda yadda, but they've been so good about how the ships looked up until now.
Ignore the flying battleship, the Amagi's island is on the bloody wrong side! Whoopsie.
There's another big mistake in the order-of-battle in the first picture. The Amagi's plane guard destroyer is the Hatsuzuki, which in real life was sunk at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. That's fine and all, but please note that the Hatsuzuki is also shown as being off the Yamato's starboard bow. Whoopsie again. The Imperial Japanese Navy built some fantastic destroyers in WWII, but none of them were good enough to be two places at once.
The USS Nicholas (DD-449) was commissioned on June 4th, 1942, and had a busy war. She was decommissioned in 1970. The USS La Vallette (DD-448) was put in service August 12th, 1942. She took an aerial torpedo off Guadalcanal, then suffered crippling damage from a mine in February 1945. She was retired shortly after the end of the war. She stayed in the reserve fleet until 1974, when she was sold to Peru as spare parts. I'm guessing the "USS HEY" to starboard of the Chiyoda, is the Heywood L Edwards (DD-663), named after the captain of the USS Reuben James, the first US ship sunk in WWII. The Edwards was commissioned January 1944 and was transferred to the Japanese Naval Self-Defense Force in 1959 as the Ariake.
The doesn't appear to be a destroyer named the Federico Nani in the Regia Marina during WWII, though there was a submarine called the Nani. I can find no information regarding who Mr Nani was, other than a brief note that he commanded a fleet in defense of Venice against the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. It'd make sense that a ship would be named for him, but I'll be darned if I can find one.
I'll ignore most of the battleships. They're easy to identify for the most part, and easy to find information on. I will mention one, though. In the lower-right, there's a "HMS HO" listed, and I thought that the producers had made another mistake. After all, the HMS Hood was a battlecruiser, not a battleship. Turns out that the last of the King George V-class was the HMS Howe, which was also the last British battleship built that served in WWII (the Vanguard was completed after the war ended). In fact, four of the five KGV's are in the order-of-battle, and are in line in the order they were completed (only the namesake isn't listed).
I still don't think that those were the Chitose and Chiyoda, though.
Posted by: Andy Janes at September 19, 2010 06:51 AM (WzAFV)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 19, 2010 09:13 AM (+rSRq)
Think of it as refueling operations, Steven, though the IJN did it bow-to-stern as opposed to the USN's side-by-side.
Posted by: Wonderduck at September 19, 2010 09:36 AM (blg68)
And of course the girl giving an earnest serious briefing in her briefs. Only anime can do that.
God bless anime.
Posted by: David at September 19, 2010 05:11 PM (rlE2m)
Posted by: nobody at July 22, 2012 07:43 PM (31Yhq)
I don't agree with you, nobody. The series just hasn't done fantasy ships; you may be right, but there's no precedent for it in the show.
Posted by: Wonderduck at July 22, 2012 10:07 PM (9ckGE)
One, I refuse to be insulted by someone hiding behind a name like "nobody."
Two, I don't claim to be any sort of expert on anything... I do this because I enjoy it. Having said that, every single reference book I have here at Pond Central says that the Unryu-class of carriers was based on the Hiryu, not the Soryu. I'll trust them over you.
Three, your supercilious, arrogant and, ohbytheway incorrect, comment did a fine job of annoying me. Go away.
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Posted by: Wonderduck at August 04, 2012 06:29 PM (DuJ3r)
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