February 8th, 2018


Book Review: Requiem for Battleship Yamato, by Mitsuru Yoshida

Another WWII memoir, this one by a Japanese officer who served aboard the Yamato.

Requiem for Battleship Yamato

Bluejacket Books, 1999 (originally published in Japanese in the 1950s), 208 pages

Requiem for Battleship Yamato is Yoshida Mitsuru's story of his own experience as a junior naval officer aboard the fabled Japanese battleship as it set out on a last, desperate sortie in April 1945. Yoshida was on the bridge during Yamato's fatal encounter with American airplanes, and his eloquent, moving account of that battle makes a singular contribution to the literature of the Pacific war. The book has long been considered a classic in both Japan and the United States. As with most great battle stories, its ultimate concern is less bombs and bullets than human nature, less death than life.

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