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Japanese Destroyer Captain Free download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Japanese Destroyer Captain Author Tameichi Hara – Gwairsoft.co.uk The Naval Institute Press is pleased to make available for the first time this cloth edition of a now classic war memoir that was a best seller in both JaOf 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 The book s popularity over the past forty six years testifies to the author s success at writing an objective account of what happened that provides not only a fascinating eyewitness record of the war but also an honest and dispassionate assessment of Japan s high command Captain Hara s sage advice on leadership is as applicable today as it was when written For readers new to this book and for those who have read and re read their paperback editions until they have fallen apart this new hardcover edition assures them a permanent source of reference and enjoyme. A first class description of action seen by a Japanese destroyer captain from Pearl Harbor through Guadalcanal and up to his last suicide sortie to Okinawa It provides a clear view of superior Japanese torpedo technology which gave its destroyer fleet such impact against larger capital ships The oxygen fueled torpedoes a carefully guarded secret had a range of 22000 meters or and would run without leaving a wake giving them five times the range of Allied torpedoes and much stealth than the compressed air types used by the United States and Great Britain But it also tells the story of failures of men and euipment in the heat of battle which makes it a worthy read on its ownBut Hara tells of the declining edge of the Japanese fleet as the US introduced fire control radar to its fleet making possible ambushes of Japanese ships And other innovations such as sonar PT boats and flash free powder to naval guns also put Japanese commanders at a disadvantage Hara's own sonar was extremely crude and would not detect engine noises only the ping from a hull nor would it work at speeds above 20 knotsHara is highly critical of a number of Japanese command decisions going back to his time at Eta Jima when top officers were sent to battleships and fifth ranked talent to aircraft carriers He writes That situation serves to explain why Japan failed to adjust from battleship to aircraft carrier dominance Officers who were experts in air power did not have enough voice to make themselves heardI was prompted to read it after reading comments by Jonathan Parshall the author of Shattered Sword which corrects a number of facts about the Battle of Midway that there is a whole school of Japanese military history which deals with the war often with a very different perspective Capt Tameichi Hara'sbook was originally published in 1967 in Japan but has been re issued by the Naval Institute Press in a 2011 edition with some excellent background added

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Troyers shouldered the heaviest burden of the surface war and took part in scores of intense sea battles many of which Captain Hara describes here In the early days of the war victories were common but by the lack of proper maintenance of the destroyers and sufficient supplies along with Allied development of scientific euipment and superior aircraft took its toll On Aprilduring 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 he wrote the manual on torpedo warfare hard driving and aggressive Moreover he maintained a code of honor worthy. Well it was very interesting for getting perspective from the other side of the war but it ends abruptly and Hara comes off less well than I think he intends to appear The skeptical historian in me has to consider in any autobiography the influence of bias and I can't help but think that we have a capable man who might not have had nearly the clear insights courage and admirable opinions he has chosen to remember himself having He records readily things he remembers saying to others but spends very little time recording what anyone told him He complains continually at never being listened to but at the same time portrays himself as an obnoxious abrasive drunk who never listened to anyone He is prone of remembering large numbers of premonitions he had of disaster before every disaster plays himself as Cassandra whose prophesies were rarely heeded but has almost every single Japanese victory in South Pacific the result of some comment or note of his that someone heeded He distances himself almost completely from the Kamikaze doctrine despite heading the school that taught it's naval branch and in the end agreeing to be part of Operation Ten Go personally While he admits to some mistakes in moment's of clouded judgment he's really only admitting to mistakes that are a part of the historical record His behavior at all points he is the sole record of events is largely exemplar in every respect but his alcoholism which he personally finds an admirable trait in a leaderMuch is revealed by what he says that he doesn't think to comment on Hara comes off to me like some sort of knight from a gritty Arthurian tale or a Viking Saga dressed in 20th century trappings Samurai indeed And it's clear that whatever else he remains an ardent Nationalist that believes the war was wrong only to the extent that Japan lost it He ends the book abruptly with what he calls 'The Death of the Japanese Navy' which means that this is not actually the personal story we would most like He gives us no insight regarding those critical months leading up to and after the Japanese defeatSome of the complaints read as darkly humorous counterparts to American frustrations For instance the Americans began the war with a wholly substandard torpedo that infamously would refuse to explode Hara records frustration that thier very excellent torpedoes were so sensitive they'd freuently explode when encountering a ship's wake ruining otherwise excellent attacksHe makes a scathing indictment of Japanese high command generally which holds up for the most part as it generally isn't very revisionist and generally accords with traditional Western assessment But his attack on Yamamoto I don't think holds up well in part because Hara doesn't show much understanding of grand strategy and is not aware at the time of the writing that Yamamoto's disasters are mostly the result but of US code breaking that rendered his elaborate deceptions moot His most important insight for me is that the Japanese High command was increasingly isolated from the reality of the war because despite having started with war with a better understanding of how WWII naval combat would be fought than any other power and despite having mastered those ideas initially they were unprepared for the pace of technical change that the US war would impose on them Additionally they continued to believe their own propaganda But much of his insight just appears to the be griping of any front line soldier against command because his criticisms are not consistent even from page to page beyond the fact of his own neglected foresight recorded in hindsight He'll complain on one page how the command staff spent too much time collecting forces together before committing to an attack and then on the next page praise the operation that resulted from the delay for its use of overwhelming force Then on the next page he'll complain that forces were rushed to battle too uickly and destroyed piecemeal Even his own dictum drawn from Sun Tzu that one should not do things the same way twice seems less of an insight because he fails to understand why it is true and instead believes in it in a way that feels like superstition than strategic calculation It's hard to gather any insight into what could have been done differently beyond that something should have which is again in hindsight rather obvious

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Japanese Destroyer CaptainThe Naval Institute Press is pleased to make available for the first time this cloth edition of a now classic war memoir that was a best seller in both Japan and the United States during the s Originally published as a paperback in it 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 Japanese Destroyer PDF credited with correcting errors in US 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 than one hundred sorties against the Allies and was known throughout Japan as the Unsinkable Captain Called the workhorses of the navy Japanese des. Several years ago at a used book sale I chanced upon this book which proved to be a priceless gem There are very few books that present the Pacific War from the perspective of the Japanese The author served as a commander in the Imperial Navy on active service for most of the war His accounts of action against the US Navy during some of the epic battles off Guadalcanal in addition to his earlier experiences in the Battles of Java Sea and Midway make for very compelling reading This is the book for anyone who has an interest in the Pacific War