, the brilliant commander of the Japanese Combined Fleet.
These special operations are the Royal Air Force's (RAF) Operation Chastise or the 'Dambusters' raid in the Ruhr valley intended to sabotage Germany's wartime industrial effort; the RAF Mosquito light bombers conducting precise hits on Nazi Germany's Gestapo Headquarters in Amiens and Copenhagen - Operations Jericho and Carthage respectively - which were intended to free prisoners held in these prisons; and the aerial killing of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
by the U.
Kimmel, commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet; Harold Stark, chief of naval operations; and Isoroku Yamamoto
, bold mastermind of the Japanese attack.
China's main strategist and "villain" is an admiral and connoisseur of Sun Tzu, but he reads as little more than a more willing Isoroku Yamamoto
(complete with his own Yamato-esque battleship with a very unimaginative name) who follows Japan's playbook almost to the letter--with the exception of actually conquering Hawaii.
Others include the German Gerd von Rundstedt, the British Hugh Dowding, the Soviet Georgy Zhukov, the Japanese Isoroku Yamamoto
, and the American Chester Nimitz.
, planner of the attack on Pearl Harbor, attended Harvard University and knew of America's industrial capacity.
Several influential members of the government including Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (1891-1945) and Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (1884-1943), who drew up the plans for the strike on Pearl Harbor, were convinced that simultaneous wars against China and the Western powers had little chance of success.
during World War II as a lawful example.
would take from Rabaul, the great Japanese base on New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, to Ballale, a speck of an island with a Japanese airfield off the southern tip of Bougainville in the Solomon chain.
, at once the strongest opponent to Japan's entry into WWII and its greatest naval hero, succeeds where many biopics fail in fully integrating the private man and the public figure, As played by Koji Yakusho ("Babel"), Nagashima's Yamatoto not only comes off as always right, but also extraordinarily likable.
With senior navy commanders caught up in the euphoria surrounding the initial Japanese successes in the Pacific, only Commander-in-Chief Combined Fleet Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
addressed the actual battlefield reality.
His discussion of the weakness of Japan's strategic planning in the Pacific and its naval deficiencies in general is also convincing, though his relative lack of regard for Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
may surprise many readers.