was not with the Japanese task force.
did not disappoint his would-be killers.
Pacific Fleet cryptanalysts were able to read enough of this traffic to establish that Admiral Yamamoto
's next target would be Midway, and in fact they were able to determine intended force dispositions in some detail.
Zimm says that the fundamental goal of the master proponent and architect of the raid, Admiral Yamamoto
, was destruction of the U.S.
Prior to the battle, the Kido Butai had been instructed by Admiral Yamamoto
to keep half of its aircraft ready for an antiship strike in case an American fleet was present in the area.
Some additional information is only peripherally connected to the story and in one case (the shoot down of Admiral Yamamoto
) there was no apparent connection to the subject at all.
The success of the Japanese strike at Pearl Harbor began with strategic and organizational innovations mandated for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) by Admiral Yamamoto
, commander in chief of the Combined Fleet, during the first four months of 1941.
So it makes do with brief, formal scenes of Nipponese officers, principally the attack's formulator and chief proponent, Admiral Yamamoto
(Mako), making subtitled pronouncements about the United States' oil embargo having given them little choice but to go to war.
His success is evident in the frequent firsthand accounts of events as varied as the accidental shooting of a pilot by an armaments officer demonstrating rifle maintenance; the shootdown and rescue by Chinese partisans of Rex Barber, one of the men who shot down Admiral Yamamoto
; and the story of the only enlisted man killed in theater, stabbed by a Japanese agent in a Chinese market.
Japanese doctrinal disparagement of reconnaissance did not prevent Captain Kameto Kuroshima, Admiral Yamamoto
's senior operations officer aboard the battleship Yamato, from arranging for two cordons of submarines to be placed between Hawaii and Midway to report on U.S.
* Japan's Admiral Yamamoto
is shown with the task force that attacked Hawaii, announcing: "The rise and fall of our empire is at stake." But at the time, Yamamoto really was thousands of miles away at Kure Naval Station in Japan.
Shattered Sword first examines the genesis of Admiral Yamamoto
's plan to occupy Midway and the western Aleutian Islands, hopefully leading to a climactic battle with, and destruction of, the US Pacific Fleet.