* An honest and dispassionate assessment of Japan's high command, with sage advice on leadership as applicable today as it was when it was first written * Rare insight into what really happened on the Japanese side of the war fence 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 kwn throughout Japan as the Unsinkable CaptainA . 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 hour 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.
Captain Tameichi Hara (1900-1980) was an Imperial Japanese naval commander during the Pacific War and the author of the IJN manual on torpedo attack techniques, famous for his skills in torpedo warfare and night fighting. A samurai descendant, Hara graduated from the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy at Etajima in 1921. In 1932, Hara was assigned as a surface warfare instructor and in the middle of the same year his naval doctrine was accepted by the high command. At the beginning of the war, he was a captain of the destroyer Amatsukaze, but for most of the war he was a destroyer squadron commander, aboard Shigure. Hara's battle tactics were first used in the battle of Guadalcanal.
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