The Mastermind behind Pearl Harbor: Isoroku Yamamoto
By Amal Musa
Isoroku Yamamoto, born as Isoroku Takano, was Japan’s greatest naval strategist. He is considered by far the most outstanding Japanese naval commander of World War 2. Yamamoto shifted World War 2 a whole new level. Major advancements in Technology brought new techniques and weapons in war such as Japans air force. Let’s not forget, he was even able to bring the United States into war, when earlier he stated, "We can run wild for six months or a year, but after that I have utterly no confidence. I hope you will try to avoid war with America". Isoroku Yamamoto was born in Nagaoka, Niigata, Japan. His father was Sadayoshi Takano, an intermediate samurai of the Nagaoka Domain. In 1916, Isoroku was adopted into the Yamamoto family (another family of former Nagaoka samurai) and took the Yamamoto name. It was a common practice for Japanese families lacking sons to adopt suitable young men to carry on the family name. In 1918, Isoroku married a woman named Reiko with whom he had four children. He enrolled at the naval academy in 1896. Surprisingly, Isoroku was American educated as well at Harvard university from 1919-1921. He studied English and also became familiarized with the United States. Yamamoto learned about its strengths and weaknesses better than any other Japanese officers. Later this would help him carry out the bombings of Pearl Harbor. In 1921, Yamamoto returned to Japan and wanted and did specialize in the new field of military & naval aviation. Yamamoto was an advocates of peace and who was fundamentally opposed to war with the United States by reason of his studies at Harvard University , his tour as an admiral's aide, and his two postings as a naval attaché in Washington, D.C. Yamamoto participated in the London conference of 1930 and 1934. Yamamoto opposed the invasion of Manchuria in 1931, Second Sino-Japanese War in 1934, and the 1940 Tripartite Pact with Nazi...
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