Fading Victory 1941-45-Revised: The Diary of Adm. Matome Ugaki, 1941-1945

Overview

Long out of print, theses wartime diaries of a key admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy, provide a revealing inside look into the Japanese view of the Pacific War. Matome Ugaki was chief of staff of the Combined Fleet under Admiral Isoroki Yamamoto—until both were shot down over Bougainville in April 1943, resulting in Yamamoto's death. He later served as commander of battleship and air fleets, finally directing the kamikaze attacks off Okinawa. Invaluable for its details of the Japanese navy at war, the diaries...
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Overview

Long out of print, theses wartime diaries of a key admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy, provide a revealing inside look into the Japanese view of the Pacific War. Matome Ugaki was chief of staff of the Combined Fleet under Admiral Isoroki Yamamoto—until both were shot down over Bougainville in April 1943, resulting in Yamamoto's death. He later served as commander of battleship and air fleets, finally directing the kamikaze attacks off Okinawa. Invaluable for its details of the Japanese navy at war, the diaries offer a running appraisal of the fighting and are augmented by editorial commentary that proves especially useful to American readers eager to see the war from the other side. When first published in 1991, this dairy was hailed as a major contribution to World War II literature as the only firsthand account of strategic planning for the entire war by a Japanese commander.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591143246
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 731
  • Sales rank: 692,258
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Goldstein and Katherine Dillon co-authored, with Gordon Prange, the best-sellers At Dawn We Slept and Miracle at Midway, among other books.
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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations     vii
Foreword     xi
Preface     xv
Now Our Combined Fleet Forces Are Deploying: Preface through 7 December 1941     3
No Greater Victory: 8 December 1941-28 February 1942     42
A Second Victory Celebration: March-May 1942     98
Don't Let Another Day Like This Come: June-July 1942     133
The Scene of a Fierce Battle: August-September 1942     175
The Chief of Staff Must Never Relax: October 1942-April 1943     222
Time Is Running Out: 22 February-31 May 1944     332
Awakened from a Dream of Victory: June-August 1944     381
Another Complete Defeat: September-November 1944     447
Such a Miserable Situation: December 1944-March 1945     526
Pressed Beneath the Pole Star: April-May 1945     567
To Die as a Samurai: 1 June-15 August 1945     623
Epilogue     665
Ugaki Career Brief     669
List of Names Cited in Text     671
Notes     689
Selected Bibliography     707
Index     711
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