World Battlefronts: Figures Can Lie

Vice Admiral Richard S. Edwards said last week: "Our Navy is now strongly outnumbered in [the Solomons area]. People must realize that the Japanese Navy is now the second largest in the world because of Britain's heavy losses."

This statement and others like it were not the shockers that they would have been a few months ago. People had begun to understand that simple figures on U.S. and enemy naval losses, no matter how well-intentioned, could lie about the actual relative naval strengths of the Pacific war. The misconception usually had been on the side of U.S. preponderance.

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