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Old Friends New EnemiesVolume 2: The Pacific War 1942-1945$
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Arthur J. Marder, Mark Jacobsen, and John Horsfield

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201502.001.0001

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[Playing] Cat and Mouse

[Playing] Cat and Mouse

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(p.116) V [Playing] Cat and Mouse
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Old Friends New Enemies
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Arthur J. Marder

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201502.003.0005

The first section of this chapter is about Nagumo's raid on Colombo. It discusses the intelligence warnings of the impending attark, relocation of the FECB, the British ignorance of time or strength of Japanese attack, and the division of Somerville's forces. The second section discusses the cruisers Cornwall and Dorsetshire, Somerville's attempts to reconcentrate his forces, the underestimation of the Japanese, the sinking of the two cruisers, Japanese submarines, and the need to withdraw the R-class battleships. The last section examines the British preparations at Trincomalee, the sinking of the Hermes, and the accomplished mission of the Japanese.

Keywords:   Colombo, Nagumo Chiuchi, cruiser, James Somerville, Japanese submarines, Trincomalee

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