Nestled among the names is that of Isoroku Yamamoto
, who signed the book on October 22 1923.
(1884-1943), who planned the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, will open Sunday, the 56th anniversary of his death, museum promoters said Wednesday.
as commander of the Combined Fleet (May 1943) after Yamamoto was killed by American aircraft (April 18); he endeavored to lure the American fleet into a major naval battle, which could turn the war in Japan's favor, but the steady erosion of Japanese land-based and carrier-based air power in the central Pacific compelled the withdrawal of naval forces from the Marianas and the Philippines; during the evacuation of Combined Fleet headquarters from Cebu, he was killed when his plane crashed in a storm (April 1944); posthumously promoted admiral of the fleet.
The Musashi served as the flagship of the commander in chief of the Combined Fleet, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
It takes readers from the fall of the small Australian garrison on a lonely and isolated corner of New Britain in January 1942 to the successful interception of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
by USAAF P-38s on April 18, 1943.
He scrutinizes the motivations of the Imperial Japanese Navy's leading admirals, especially those of Combined Fleet commander in chief Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
A scriptwriter for the 1970 film Tora, Tora, Tora placed those words in the mouth of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
, who led the Pearl Harbor attack, foresaw the eventual ramifications of his mission.
He also recounts meeting the brilliant Japanese fleet admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
Highlights include an aircraft converted into a B-25B bomber like those used on Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle's April 1942 Tokyo Raid (the conversion was overseen by two Doolittle Raiders); a uniform tunic of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
, architect of the Pearl Harbor attack; the helmet and bullet-damaged goggles of Japanese air ace Saburo Sakai; a rubber terrain map of Iwo Jima, used to prepare the US invasion of the island; and a destroyer's combat information center, still exuding the aroma of mid-20th-century electronics.