glenn239 wrote:No, just post the part where Nagumo is ordered not to loitre at Hawaii but is instead ordered to withdraw immediately after recovering the 2nd Wave.
Granted this has been done to death on this thread: viewtopic.php?f=33&t=116265&hilit=Nagumo%2C+orders
Exhibit 8-B - Volume 13 of the Congressional Hearing, page 418.
reconstruction of Combined Fleet Ultrasecret Operation Order
Combined Fleet Ultrasecret Operation Order - (essentials)
Flagship NAGATO HIROSHIMA-WAN
22 Nov. 41
CinC Combined Fleet
Combined Fleet Order
A. The Task Force will move out from HITOKAPPU-WAN and proceed to the HAWAII area, maintaining the greatest secrecy as to its movements and a close warch against all submarine or air attacks. At the opening of hostilities the Task Force will attack the main strength of the UNITED STATES Fleet in the HAWAII area and inflict crippling damage on it.
The first attack will be at dawn on X-Day (to be given in later order). At the conclusion of the air attacks the force will regroup and withdrawn immediately to JAPAN, being prepared at all times to meet enemy counterattacks.
B. In the event an agreement is reached in the negotiations with the UNITED STATES, the Task Force will immediately return to JAPAN.
Of course, glenn239 will likely respond that this is only a reconstruction of the order and not an original, and that the memory of the Japanese officers is faulty and that the reconstructed order is incorrect. Just as likely, glenn239 would be correct, given the contradictory use of "attack"; The first attack will be at dawn on X-Day
and "attacks"; At the conclusion of the attacks the force will regroup and withdrawn...
(Were they referring to using multiple attacks at Pearl or were they referring to the two waves of aircraft used to attack Pearl) IIRC, robdab tried the same. In the end, with all the pertinent documents having been destroyed, there is no concrete proof one way or the other, which is why one can argue either side(and they have been for decades).
You believe what you want to believe, but I believe that Nagumo was returning to Japan under orders from Yamamoto.