Japanese Destroyer Captain: Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Midway -- the Great Naval Battles as Seen Through Japanese Eyes

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Naval Institute Press, 2006 - Počet stran: 310
Japanese Destroyer Captain is a highly regarded war memoir that was a best seller in both Japan and the United States during the 1960s. The work has long been treasured by World War II buffs and professional historians for its insights into the Japanese side of the surface war in the Pacific. The book has been credited with correcting errors in U.S. accounts of various battles and with revealing details of high-level Imperial Japanese Navy strategy meetings. The author, Captain Tameichi Hara, was a survivor of more than one hundred sorties against the Allies and was known throughout Japan as the Unsinkable Captain . Called the workhorses of the navy, Japanese destroyers shouldered the heaviest burden of the surface war and took part in scores of intense sea battles, many of which Captain Hara describes in his memoir. In the early days of the war, victories were common, but by 1943, the lack of proper maintenance of the destroyers and sufficient supplies, along with Allied development of scientific equipment and superior aircraft, took its toll. On April 7, 1945, during the Japanese navy's last sortie, Captain Hara managed to survive the sinking of his own ship only to witness the demise of the famed Japanese battleship Yamato off Okinawa. A hero to his countrymen, Captain Hara exemplified the best in Japanese surface commanders: highly skilled, hard driving and aggressive. Moreover, he maintained a code of honour worthy of his samurai grandfather, and, as readers of this book have come to appreciate, he was as free with praise for American courage and resourcefulness as he was critical of himself and his senior commanders.

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Recenze od uživatele  - Ken-Me-Old-Mate - LibraryThing

Well this one was different from the other Japanese books I've been reading. An historical biography dealing with some key naval events of WW2 This guy was a destroyer captain of great fame during the ... Přečíst celou recenzi

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Recenze od uživatele  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

No student of WWII in the Pacific can afford to bypass this book, as Capt. Hara was there and he includes maps of seven naval battles. This is the best Japanese memoir by a distinguished and wily IJN ... Přečíst celou recenzi

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