8 Interesting Facts About The Man Behind the WWII Pearl Harbor Attacks
8 Interesting Facts About The Man Behind the WWII Pearl Harbor Attacks

8 Interesting Facts About The Man Behind the WWII Pearl Harbor Attacks

Maria - June 13, 2016

2. He Had Very Little Support from the Imperial Navy

8 Interesting Facts About The Man Behind the WWII Pearl Harbor Attacks

Yamamoto had found himself quite unpopular with his superiors from the beginning of his term, not only for his opposition to a US-China showdown, but doubly so with the Imperial Army, whose more radical decisions came straight from the Japanese government. His defeat at Midway only fueled the fire, and Yamamoto had lost face with the Army and other senior ministers.

Therefore, Yamamoto was forced to coordinate with Japanese army operations from then on. But the Army often didn’t do their fair share, so many naval actions proved ineffective, only ending in more devastation to the Japanese fleet and their number of men.

1. He Met His End Through US Retaliation for the Pearl Harbor Attacks

8 Interesting Facts About The Man Behind the WWII Pearl Harbor Attacks

On April 18th, 1943, the US were able to exact their revenge on Yamamoto and the Japanese forces.

The US had intercepted more communications stating that Yamamoto was flying in to the Solomon Islands, to carry out an inspection tour of his forces. The US quickly took action to foil these plans, dispatching 16 P-38 Lightning bombers to shoot down Yamamoto’s plane.

And the mission was indeed successful. Japan took another hit to their forces, while the US had been granted some solace for the Pearl Harbor attacks.

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