The Japanese navy was the second biggest in the Pacific Ocean.
The Japanese navy had the most modern and most experienced carriers of the world at that time.
England, France and The Netherlands were at war in Europe. France and The Netherlands were occupied by Germany.
The colonial forces of FR, GB and NL were more like expanded police forces for internal ...
With Grant leading the assault force, a rarity of competence among the generals on both sides: 100% chance of falling on the 16th or perhaps 17th.
With 16,000 men to defend a roughly 2 mile defensive perimeter, the Confederates were fielding 8000 men per mile. Despite numbers seemingly prophetic of World War 1 the fort succumbed on the second day of assault.
Here is a description of the Cairo, typical of all the city class ironclad gunboats in Foote's' flotilla.
As noted the crew establishment of each was 251 officers and men, with a gun battery comprised of:
3 x 8" smoothbore, numbered (9) below: 1 mounted as bow chaser and 1 on each broadside;
3 x 42 lb rifled cannon, numbered (10) below: 2 mounted as ...