A captain of the French Navy Reserve married to the daughter of a Japanese admiral tells the story of the career of the Japanese Navy in World War II from their side. He follows the fleet from Yamamoto's reluctant acceptance of war and the brilliant conquest of ""The Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere"" to the shift in power-balance at Midway and the death sentence at Leyte, with the kamikaze making the last destructive attempt to save their nation. With the account of each engagement comes a list of the forces of each side and those sunk. There is a sense of the evolution of battle techniques and weapons here, of the character of the Japanese officers and crew, of the significant errors made:- the Japanese failed to cut Allied communication lines and- more important- to arrange to maintain the fleet and personnel by shipbuilding and training programs. Rear Admiral Robert A. Theobald, USN Ret., inserts comments. Trans. from the French, appearing in England simultaneously. Holding.