Originally Posted by Gwyrosydd
Well, Savo Island was a bad defeat, though I think Pearl Harbour was somewhat more so, no?
Well, yes, more people and ships were lost of course. But one was a surprise attack on a nation at peace with the side attacked having no ability to respond, whereas the other was an engagement between what should have been two prepared forces. I suppose one could define Pearl as a "battle" but that word is very seldom used, it's an "attack"; and I don't think you can really have a defeat without a battle. But I guess it's symantics; which ever way you look at it, they both beat the typhoon - sad and unnecessary as those losses were - and that makes the statement in the article hyperbole.