The Miraculous Torpedo Squadron by Jūzõ Mori Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00THSCSS8
- Publication date : February 10, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 3887 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 238 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #167,886 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story gives many insights into the equipment, training, tactics and executions of the Japanese side of the war, making it a good reference. It also gives Mori's view of the strategies from his position far down the chain of command.
This is a book worth reading for the war history aficionado.
I hope this book is a great success and that it encourages the translator to take on other works from that period which are unavailable in English.
He also struggles with the Japanese Bushido demand of living every day prepared to die and several times has to confront the unwritten rule that if damaged in combat, he is supposed to take his own life rather than bring the aircraft back and thus preserve his skills for further use. That is the China experience, but it then directly conflicts with his Pearl Harbor and Indian Ocean combat when he ditches his aircraft successfully three times and is plucked out of the water by plane guard destroyers. It's an odd mixture, and something that sticks in the reader's mind. I
This does not aspire to the top tier of Japanese memoirs, which in my mind consist of just two: Japanese Destroyer Captain and Samurai!, but it is far better than I Boat Captain and Kamikaze Submarine.
It was enlightening to see the dissatisfaction of the author with many of the decisions made by his superiors; not unlike the griping every GI has done. It shows that fighters are alike in that respect the world over.
All in all, a very enjoyable and enlightening read.
Top reviews from other countries
An excellent book for any military history buffs.
I have read hundreds of military related books, but only 2 or 3 by a Japanese author- they are rare!
Also worth reading is The Bone Man of Kokoda, another Japanese authored book. Saburo Sakai's book is also very good.
I would like more detail on his post war life, but perhaps this was unavailable.