After the bombs were dropped, the pilots attempted to escape, as the rule was "every plane for itself." Admiral Yamamoto
's statement describing American carriers as "an lever-present and highly disturbing worry" was accurate.
He dies mysteriously: "Mysterious Death of Joe Kennedy," "Mysterious Death of Admiral Yamamoto
The real intelligence failure was the failure to get information about Admiral Yamamoto
's exercises with torpedoes that did explode in shallow water.
The hero of Pearl Harbor, Admiral Yamamoto
, devised a detailed plan to attack and capture the island of Midway in 1942, as a way to secure victory for Japan in the Pacific theater in World War II.
even regrets what's about to happen ( 'A brilliant man would find a way not to fight a war,' he says with surely diplomatic hindsight), but argues that the Americans are cutting off Japan's oil supplies so there's no alternative.
He underplays the role of Admiral Yamamoto
, who sought to prevent the war but was overruled, mainly by army generals, and whose death at the hands of the Americans stunned Japan.
There's even a set piece about the death of Admiral Yamamoto
that could stand alone as a short story.
's elaborate plan and dramatic defeat at Midway ring as an all-time warning that complex strategic planning that fails to consider the haphazard nature of reality is doomed to failure and destruction.
The outline of Beekman's tale is familiar: the emerging concordance between Churchill and Roosevelt in opposition to the Axis; the protracted effort to keep the Soviet Union afloat; the developing Pacific strategy of Admiral Yamamoto
Isoroku, later pursued by Prime Minister Tojo Hideki; Roosevelt's vigorous response to Japanese expansionism; and finally Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.
Kanji Ishihara, for an increase of strength on the Asian mainland; vice chief of staff, China Area Fleet (1938), and rear admiral (1939); chief of Operations Division, Naval General Staff (April 1941); was supposed to have initially opposed Admiral Yamamoto
's plans for an attack on Pearl Harbor; chief of staff, Combined Fleet (1943-1944), and crash-landed off Cebu on the flight that killed Combined Fleet commander Adm.
Not only established practitioners but housewives and foot soldiers as well as the Emperor and Admiral Yamamoto
recorded their experiences in this genre.
Early in 1973, at an ICA seminar on "Interconnect", one delegate, after listening to Bell and General Tel "rebitted", lettered a neatly printed sign which had on it nothing but that famous statement made by Admiral Yamamoto
, Commander of the Imperial Japanese Navy, on December 7, 1941 immediately after Pearl Harbor" (immortalized so dramatically in "Tora!
One of these coded messages carried detailed information and itinerary about Admiral Yamamoto
's intended visit to a forward military base located in the island of Bougainville.
This left Admiral Nimitz with three carriers--Enterprise, Yorktown, and Hornet--at his immediate disposal and Admiral Yamamoto
with four fleet carriers and two light carriers for his contemplated Midway operation.
He had been chosen by Admiral Yamamoto
himself to head the attack on Pearl Harbor and he took pride in the devastation he caused there.