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

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This highly regarded war memoir was a best seller in both Japan and the United States during the 1960s and has long been treasured by historians for its insights into the Japanese side of the surface war in the Pacific. The author was a survivor of more than one hundred sorties against the Allies and was known throughout Japan as the "Unsinkable Captain." A hero to his countrymen, Capt. Hara exemplified the best in Japanese surface commanders: highly skilled (he wrote the manual on torpedo warfare), hard ...
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Overview


This highly regarded war memoir was a best seller in both Japan and the United States during the 1960s and has long been treasured by historians for its insights into the Japanese side of the surface war in the Pacific. The author was a survivor of more than one hundred sorties against the Allies and was known throughout Japan as the "Unsinkable Captain." A hero to his countrymen, Capt. Hara exemplified the best in Japanese surface commanders: highly skilled (he wrote the manual on torpedo warfare), hard driving, and aggressive. Moreover, he maintained a code of honor 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591143840
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 232,962
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Capt. Tameichi Hara was a destroyer squadron commander for most of the war aboard Shigure.

Fred Saito translated and expanded the original manuscript, after spending more than eight hundred hours interviewing Hara.

Roger Pineau added the footnotes and checked the accuracy of the battle accounts.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Prologue xi

part 1 Born a Samurai 1

part 2 Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal 35

part 3 The "Tokyo Express" 85

part 4 Against the Odds 166

part 5 The Last Sortie 245

appendices

Appendix A Sinking of PT-109 and Rescue of Survivors 291

Appendix B Nomenclature of Japanese Warships 295

Appendix C U.S.-Japan Statistics of World War II 297

Index 301

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Well written, well reasoned.

    Discusses most of the major events. Captain Hara is very hard on the upper ranks of the Japanese army and navy. Explains what went wrong-and why. A Must Read if you're interested in WWII.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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