Mitsuru Yoshida

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Mitsuru Yoshida (吉田 満 Yoshida Mitsuru January 6, 1923 – September 17, 1979) was a Japanese author and naval officer. He was born in Tokyo. He was a survivor of the battleship Yamato when it was sunk on 7 April 1945 during Operation Ten-Go, an attempt to support the defenders of Okinawa.

His best-known work is Senkan Yamato-no Saigo (戦艦大和ノ最期, The Last Days of Battleship Yamato), based on his personal experiences as a junior officer on Yamato's final voyage. It was made into a movie Senkan Yamato ("Battleship Yamato" Shin-Toho. Dir.: Yutaka Abe) in 1953. Another movie, Otoko-tachi no Yamato, was released in 2005.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Requiem for Battleship Yamato (Senkan Yamato-no Saigo translated by Richard H. Minear) ISBN 0-295-96216-X ISBN 1-55750-544-6