lwd wrote:....For instance if you look at the number of armed US aircraft that engaged the Japanese at PH you will probably get a ratio near that and the US planes shot down more than they lost.
These US planes took on a section of the Japanese air armada, not the entire force. Lieutenants Taylor and Walsh attacked a flight of bombers for example, so the local superiority and surprise initially ran in their favour. But overall they could only impose a ''fleabite'' on the Jap force.
The British and Somali troops in front of Berbera took on the entire invading Italian forces head on and held them up. Here the allies were not a flea but a stubborn obstacle that stopped the Italians dead in their tracks, until forced to give way, and did so in good order.
''Give me a Ping and one Ping only'' - Sean Connery.