The quote was paraphrased in this year’s $140 million epic Pearl Harbor, with actor Mako as Yamamoto making the pronouncement. Richard Fleischer, director of Tora! Tora Tora!, and Elmo Williams, the film’s producer, maintain that the quote is factual, but both say that it was written, not spoken, by Yamamoto .
Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto , who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor would reportedly write in his diary, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”
But once the government of Prime Minister Tojo Hideki decided on war, Yamamoto argued that only a surprise attack aimed at crippling U.S. naval forces in the Pacific had any hope of victory. He also predicted that if war with America lasted more than one year, Japan would lose.
The feasibility of a full-scale invasion of Hawaii and the continental United States by Imperial Japan was considered negligible, with Japan possessing neither the manpower nor logistical ability to do so. Japan also conducted air attacks through the use of fire balloons.
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The name derives from the first line of the speech: Roosevelt describing the previous day as “a date which will live in infamy”. The speech is also commonly referred to as the “Pearl Harbor Speech”.
He was the commander-in-chief during the early years of the Pacific War and oversaw major engagements including the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway . He was killed when American code breakers identified his flight plans, enabling the United States Army Air Forces to shoot down his plane.
He held other corporate posts before starting a consulting business in 1963. On April 18, 1943, as a 27-year-old Army captain piloting a P-38 Lightning fighter, Lanphier shot down a plane carrying Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto , the architect of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Commanding the Japanese Combined Fleet was Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto who viewed Midway as a way to draw out and destroy the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s aircraft carrier striking forces, which embarrased the Japanese with the Doolittle Raid on Japan in April 1942.
The big break for the U.S. came on April 13, 1943, when Navy code breakers discovered that Yamamoto planned to tour bases in areas of the Solomon Islands still held by Japanese forces. Japanese troops recovered Yamamoto’s body, cremated it and sent his ashes back to Japan, where the admiral was given a state funeral.
Yamaguchi′s carrier force was part of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He subsequently participated in the Battle of Midway , where he was killed in action, choosing to go down with the aircraft carrier Hiryū when it was scuttled after being crippled by aircraft from USS Enterprise and USS Yorktown.
These are the 5 countries that are most impossible to conquer The United States of America . Cpl. Russia . Russian servicemen march during the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow, Russia , May 9, 2015 Reuters. Afghanistan . China . India.
Victory at Midway would not have won Japan the war, but could well have given the Second World War a very different turn. Originally published in the August 2013 issue of World War II. To subscribe, click here.
The Japanese intended the attack as a preventive action to keep the United States Pacific Fleet from interfering with its planned military actions in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States.