This highly regarded war memoir was a best seller in both Japan and the United States during the 1960s and has long been treasured by historians for its insights into the Japanese side of the surface war in the Pacific. The author was a survivor of more than one hundred sorties against the Allies and was known throughout Japan as the "Unsinkable Captain."
Captain Tameichi Hara (1900-1980) was an Imperial Japanese naval commander during the Pacific War and the author of the IJN manual on torpedo attack techniques, famous for his skills in torpedo warfare and night fighting. A samurai descendant, Hara graduated from the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy at Etajima in 1921. In 1932, Hara was assigned as a surface warfare instructor and in the middle of the same year his naval doctrine was accepted by the high command. At the beginning of the war, he was a captain of the destroyer Amatsukaze, but for most of the war he was a destroyer squadron commander, aboard Shigure. Hara's battle tactics were first used in the battle of Guadalcanal.