Worst admiral of all time

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Re: Worst admiral of all time

Postby Dod Grile » Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:27 am

Not Karel Doorman, who was compelled to see his ships destroyed, but Lt-Adm C. E. L. Helfrich who ordered it & knew better. Hands down the worst...

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Re: Worst admiral of all time

Postby aurora » Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:18 pm

On February 27, a Japanese convoy of 18 craft was approaching the east end of Java. Dutch Admiral Helfrich, Commander-in-Chief of ABDA naval forces in the East Indies, ordered that all available Allied warships fight for the survival of Java. Admiral Karel Doorman commanded the 14 craft on hand and sailed from the East Java port of Surabaya to confront the invaders. Contact was made mid-afternoon, beginning a battle consisting of intermittent engagements in which Doorman's ABDA fleet was repeatedly repulsed by the Japanese, with heavy losses to the Allies.
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Re: Worst admiral of all time

Postby Dod Grile » Fri Nov 28, 2014 4:40 am

There were not "18 craft" in the Japanese convoy, and ABDA was dissolved on Feb. 25th, but...other than that, yes, LT-ADM Helfrich was responsible ultimately.

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Re: Worst admiral of all time

Postby bob cornford » Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:32 pm

Slightly off track. This would be easier if it related to the worst generals!

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Re: Worst admiral of all time

Postby aurora » Tue Jul 14, 2015 5:23 pm

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"there were not "18 craft" in the Japanese convoy," :o :?: --so how many were there dod???

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