I became Stalin chapter 110
On a spring day with cherry blossoms, Combined Fleet Commander Isoroku Yamamoto led his admirals to visit Yasukuni Shrine.
The invincible Imperial Army succeeded in annihilating the U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii and was dominating the Pacific Ocean. However, not all of the imperial soldiers of the imperial army returned in good health.
The Americans did not respond properly, and even one response was dull, but that did not mean that no one would die.
“To the heroes of our country, salute!”
chuck. With the utmost reverence, the admirals bowed their heads in front of the tablets. The priest in charge of the rite recited a strange prayer.
Yamamoto also prayed earnestly.
All the soldiers who have participated in the operation so far have been given respective rewards.
In particular, all soldiers and officers who participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor were given first-class specialties. Those who are wounded receive special promotions and medals, and those who have died… All the 2nd-class special promotions were posthumously added to the question of what use it would be.
In addition, in recognition of their contribution to the sacrifice of their lives for the future of the empire, those who had achieved great success in battle were enshrined at the Shrine of Patriotism, that is, Yasukuni Shrine located in Tokyo.
“What an honor this is!”
Shigetaro Shimada, the Minister of the Navy, trembled with his wrinkled neck and exclaimed that.
“Ah, if you live, you will make a contribution, if you die, you will become a heroic spirit of the empire, and defend your country whether you live or die!”
Isoroku Yamamoto read the names of the Heroic Spirits buried in the shrine one by one in his mind.
“Navy Lieutenant Hidetsugu Yamagata, Naval Commander Anzai Takahashi, Navy First Officer Uegaki Tomohiro, Navy Private Sgt. Sadanobu Oki, Army Ochief Hideo Matsui… .’
Yamamoto, who was leaving school under the flashlight of reporters, ran into a couple in shabby clothes and a young girl who seemed to be their daughter.
Impressed by the couple staring at him straight in the face in the crowd cheering for him, he walked towards his family.
The couple bowed deeply and bowed with trembling expressions. Yamamoto also bowed his head in greeting and asked politely.
“Perhaps… Your son?”
I didn’t even have the courage to put the words behind me.
The crowd just cheered because they still couldn’t see what he was doing, and the reporters flashed harder, as if they were looking for something to say about the incumbent Combined Fleet Commander and Marshal of the Navy he bowed his head to a citizen .
Among the couple, the wife of the couple seemed to be moved by the words, or tried to hold it in, but tears seemed to blush, and the husband answered in a calm voice as if suppressed.
“Yes, it is. All three of my sons died over there at Pearl Harbor. It is an honor to be enshrined in a shrine established by the people of the country when he is alive, and to be enshrined in a shrine set up by the people of the country when he is alive.
“Ah… That… Is that so?”
The little girl, not knowing why her mother was crying, tugged at the sleeves of her yukata sleeves.
The wife picked her throat and spoke to Yamamoto in a high tone with a hint of disguise, mixed with a deep dialect.
“Jeonsaheon Zui Makdingi’s work he made last time was also published in the newspaper, Ainggyo. That machine, that… Whether you’re on the shore, you’re going to hit an aircraft carrier with a special attack and blow it up… .”
“Ah! That… Sergeant Kitasato Saburo, or Gunjo?”
“Woah, woah, woah, why do you even know the high-ranking people… ?”
As Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet, he compiled, read, and processed numerous reports.
And the report that came to him had some special notes written on it. Among them were reports of notable ones who died. Such as the children of the high-ranking family, the noble family, and those who bravely made merit and died.
Among those who died, there were no brothers who were assigned to the same air squadron or fleet.
However, the case in which all three brothers participated in one operation and all three were killed was extremely remarkable.
The case was even featured in the headlines as a sacrifice representing the loyalty of the people of the Empire along with the great criminal record of the youngest of the three brothers.
The first of the three Kitasato brothers, Junichiro and the second Jiro, were serving as senior sailors on the Gonggo-class battlecruiser Kirishima among the battleships that scrambled for the Pearl Harbor attack.
The Naval Air Corps struck several times to clear Pearl Harbor’s target battleships and aircraft carriers.
However, the warships, which were also guarded with thick steel armor, counterattacked without taking any damage from a miss. Dozens of anti-aircraft guns equipped on the battleship blew out all at once. In addition, coastal turrets installed on each island in Hawaii attacked the Japanese fleet.
The ‘small’ air bombs did not dislodge the concrete-coated shore batteries. The Japanese battleships, which had to enter the range of the coastal artillery in order to launch a commando torpedo, which would decisively kill American warships, were at a loss.
Yamato’s 18.1-inch guns hit several 16-inch shore batteries, but did not do much damage. Rather, the warship Gonggo-class battlecruiser Kirishima, which approached to fire a commando torpedo, was sunk by a counterattack from the battery.
Kirishima slowly tilted with a huge explosion, probably due to an ammunition detonation, and eventually sank off the coast of Oahu.
The Japanese warships approaching, thinking that the battery was incapacitated by the black smoke coming up from the battery, were startled at once, turned and started evasive maneuvers.
The American batteries aren’t even that big of a battleship! He started a more heated counterattack, and the situation almost turned over on the American side.
At that time, the third, who saw the ship with his two older brothers being sunk by American artillery, succeeded in destroying the aircraft carrier by special attacking the aircraft carrier that should have been attacked by Kirishima’s commando torpedo.
“Oh, oh, oh, hey, even the enemy knows… .”
“It’s over, you. Even the Commander-in-Chief knows this, so our sons will probably rest in peace… . Thank you thank you… .”
Saburo Saburo, now the plane that Gunjo was on boarded a self-detonating charge on the aircraft carrier, and eventually succeeded in destroying it by detonating fuel.
Pretend like this, pretend like this. American warships disappeared under the waters of Pearl Harbor. Under the cold water, the warriors on the commando torpedo collided with the warship and oxidized fiercely like sakura petals. The fighter pilots followed the example of their predecessors and charged the aircraft carrier in unison.
About the pilot who established this remarkable major, Yamamoto and the fleet command inquired about his identity, and after learning the circumstances of the war, he simply couldn’t say anything.
People around me who heard the conversation said that… In response, he praised the two couples.
“Ah, what an example of a great subject of the Empire!”
“Truly, you have sons who are examples to all.”
The reporters’ flashlights were now directed at the couple who had dedicated their three war heroes to the country, and they asked them to pose for a picture of Yamamoto and Kitasato, the father of the three brothers, shaking hands.
‘What are you doing with parents who have lost all three of their sons at the same time?’
Yamamoto wanted to shout that, but the atmosphere around him was so hot that even the war hero, Gra, would immediately bury him alive if he poured cold water on him.
is this madness?
Or is this a victory?
Amidst the blinding flashes of flashes bursting out, only a girl who did not know English held her mother’s hem, which seemed to shed tears at any moment.
“Ah, if you have raised such wonderful sons, your daughter must also be a model for the women of the Empire, so I want to make her the daughter-in-law of our family.”
“No, what about our family? We… .”
Hands stroking the young girl’s hair and trying to grab her wrist came from all directions, and she hugged her mother tighter as if she didn’t know what to do.
‘Don’t cry, don’t cry. My brothers wouldn’t cry either. You should be brave in our company.’
Earlier, with her swollen eyes after crying for a long time, she said that to the girl, Sae. Mom, aren’t you lucky? Sae wanted to ask a question like that, but she couldn’t because her mother’s attitude was so determined.
‘You must not cry.’
It was scary. She wanted to cry right away, but Sae repeated to herself what her mother had been whispering to her for a long time.
‘You must not cry.’
* * *
Of course, Japan wasn’t the only one burning with a vengeance for those who went first.
The Yorktown-class aircraft carrier CV-6 Enterprise, which will be the only aircraft carrier of the US Pacific Fleet for the time being after the attack on Pearl Harbor, was grinding its teeth in order to devour Japan.
“Kill the bastards! Killing more idiots! Let’s kill more idiots! Even if those bastards tell us to stop, let’s just kill a few more!!!”
“Wow! Let’s kill those fucking bastards!”
Admiral William Halsey, commander of the aircraft carrier squadron, made a series of remarks that would be shocking to others. Killing Japs until surrender was an acceptable level in the context of wartime, but killing Japs even after surrender could be interpreted as a violation of international law.
Of course, no one objected to it. The Pacific Fleet disobeyed the orders of its superiors and tried to fight further.
Even to wash away the shame of being ambushed and meaninglessly losing power.
The pilots fired bullets at the Japanese fighters until they ran out of fuel despite orders to return. Some even asked for permission to sortie, claiming that they would go to a Japanese aircraft carrier loaded with bombs and slam it.
“The Pacific Fleet cannot waste a valuable pilot like you on such a task.”
Admiral Nimitz, commander of the Pacific Fleet, who was the only calm, put the brakes on this madness and offered a reasonable compromise.
“Live today and fight another day. That’s the best you can do.”
And the last day to fight has come.
The combined US-Australia-New Zealand forces managed to defend Port Moresby, the capital and airfield of Papua New Guinea, at a cost of great blood.
Even the enemy, Yamamoto, admired their fighting spirit. Perhaps they too had a sense of crisis.
If the Japanese take Port Moresby, northern Australia falls within the radius of the Japanese raid. In addition, they were able to sever the link between the United States and Australia by mobilizing aircraft with great cruising distances, such as the Zerosen.
“Now, there were many soldiers who wanted to die on the battlefield. And the main building has used its position and authority to prevent such people as much as possible.”
The soldiers who listened to the instruction became surprisingly quiet. Even though it had been a while before I had been cheering for Halsey’s speech. But in the stillness, something was boiling.
“Now the enemies are right in front of us. There is no place to retreat even one step further. We must protect this place! must! At any cost, we must win! Long live freedom! Long live America! Help us, O God!”
“hurray! hurray! hurray!”
The soldiers shouted hurray for their throats to burst. The old admirals and officers who lined up around him also clapped with tears in their eyes.
‘You must protect this place.’
The last forces of the US Pacific Fleet, including Enterprise, are now assembled to defend Port Moresby. Except for the Marines, which are attacking the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean, most of the rest have also gathered to defend the area.
The showdown was approaching all the time.
I became Stalin chapter 110