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Requiem for Battleship Yamato (Bluejacket Books) Paperback – March, 1999
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From Library Journal
In April 1945 the Yamato , largest bat tleship in the world, w a s sent with nin e other ships to attack American forces at Okinawa. It was a futile effortrepeat ed air attacks sank almost all of the Jap anese vessels, including the Yamato. Yoshida was one of Yamato's radar of ficers, and one of the few survivors. His vivid account of the horrors and heroism of the suicidal mission, long recognized in Japan as an important work of war literature, is equally effec tive in this first complete translation. Minear has provided a brief but infor mative introduction to the Yamato , its last voyage, the life of the author, and the publication history of the book. There is much of value in this concise Japanese view of the Pacific War. High ly recommended for most libraries. Kenneth W. Berger, Duke Univ. Lib., Durham, N.C.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Japanese
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I finished reading this, and I am left with ambiguous feelings. First, as a son of an American Marine, the War was merciless and we kicked butt. Second, pathetic or sad. How did it come to that? Rhetorical of course, but let's consider other current "enemies". Japan is a valued partner today, and they are looking to change their pacifist constitution - I welcome their participation in global peace keeping.
This book was written and published in Japan and then suppressed by US occupation censurship policies. I, for one, can't see what the rationale for suppression was, having read the book several times.
What I find must interesting is the author's description of the men he served with and the men he led. He was reproved by a superior officer for NOT striking a Sailor for an infraction of discipline. His description of the role of the executive officer is also enlightening - he was a "designated" survivor to report back about the mission. The description of a Nisei who was in the same stateroom as the author is quite moving. I for one, had never known or considered that there were Nisei in Japan at the time the war started and how they were treated by their fellow countrymen. If for no other reason than this last, I am glad I read the book.
I first wrote this review in 2001. In 2006 I was able to visit the Battleship Yamato Museum in Kure. Having read the book several times before it was amazing to see the film of the minisub examining the remains of YAMATO. There are artifacts from the debris field on display. It would be nice if the book were available in English and Japanese at the museum. All visitors would find it useful. After visiting the muuseum, I did some further research on the US aspect of the YAMATO engagement. I learned that my mother`s second husband was in the crew of one of the submarines that detected YAMATO as she headed towards Okinawa. It was by the submarine reports that the carriers could get aircraft into the air and engage YAMATO. I thus have another reason for finding this book so engrossing and valuable.
this is a fine book for all students of naval history. It is also an excellent piece of literature. I recommend it to all.
I hoped for more of an operational story with the personal reminisces vs a story of "oh poor guy was married and shouldn't be embracing death." Which seemed to be the theme over and over again.
But there was enough details from the Japanese point of view that made me glad I read the book.