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Admiral Kimmel's Story. Hardcover – 1955

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  • Hardcover: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery. (1955)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007DMB02
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,085,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By marcus longhair on 18 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Having read Gordon W Pranges' book ' At Dawn We Sleep,' this book, 'Admiral Kimmels' Story allows the reader to see the views of the C of the Pacific Fleet at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. It seems pretty obvious to me that this man gave his all, and it was not appreciated one bit; of course, they had to have someone to blame for the total mess the government got themselves into and FDRs' unwillingness to accept a situation which was rapidly going against him. This book is a very good read if you like facts and statistics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
great history 13 May 2014
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The author had to wait until certain documents became declassified and he could write about them. This book is a detailed history of the Pearl Harbor of 1941. In it he shows that President Roosevelt and the big wigs in Washington knew of the attack and went out of their way to keep this information from the military leaders at Pearl Harbor.
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one man's story 25 Feb. 2012
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One man's attempt to clear his name when everyone else wants him hung. May not be the best but better than another self serving review suggests.
review of Admiral Kimmel's Story 4 Feb. 2014
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The book arrived in good condition. I gave it to my employer as a Christmas present. He really liked it.
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A reviled sea dog defends himself. 27 Nov. 2013
By Karun Mukherji - Published on
Admiral Kimmel questions established interpretation of Pearl Harbor attack. He argues Japanese attack could have been defeated had he and General Short given timely warnings. Admiral puts the blame on the ensuing tragedy on Washington officials.

Pearl Harbor attack became subject of heated debate in the US. Roosevelt apologists and historians Wohlstetter, Farago ,Kahn, Morrison,Prange have exonerated the President of any wrongdoing. While acknowledging mistakes committed by Washington officials, they have stopped short of condemning anyone. They hold bureaucratic bungling, inertia, inefficiency, incompetence accountable for the ensuing tragedy. However their reasoning has not appealed to my logic.

Problem with Kimmel was he depended too much on Washington officials for information on Japan’s plans, intentions and preparations. He should have used his imagination, judgment in predicting enemy’s moves. However I’m not inclined to dismiss Kimmel’s book as a self-serving memoir. Despite brilliant Japanese planning and skill behind the operation, Pearl Harbor attack over the years has raised questions in my mind that are profoundly disturbing.

It is difficult to believe a nation that succeeded in piercing Japanese diplomatic ciphers cannot break Navy’s ciphers. US Navy’s Operational intelligence assumed Japan’s aircraft carriers Akagi and Kaga were in southern Kyushu and Soryu, Hiryu ,Zuikaku and Shokaku in the western inland sea. This can be attributed to fake messages sent in late November by Combined Fleet Command. No attack on Pearl Harbor would have possible had those carriers remained near Japanese coast. But even assuming Japanese naval ciphers were not broken it was still possible at a higher level to infer Pearl Harbor was in danger of being attacked.

FBI had kept a close watch on the espionage activities of Takeo Yoshikawa who operated from Japanese consulate in Hawaii. Former was a spy who disguised himself as a diplomat. His messages to Japanese Naval Intelligence sent in low-grade consulate ciphers were broken, read. It showed Japanese Navy taking an unusual interest in number, designation, position of vessels that lay at anchor in Pearl Harbor. Yoshikawa evolved a grid system for pin-pointing the location of US naval vessels for the benefit of bombardiers, dive-bomber pilots It is difficult to accept the argument ONI in Washington (with all its talent) failed to realize the significance of Yoshikawa’s messages while HQ of Asiatic Fleet based in Manila had no difficulty in gauging its ominous nature. Besides any number of persons apart from ambassador Grew issued warnings on the possibility of a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. It includes Admiral Richardson CNO who preceded Stark.

According to Secretary of War Henry Stimson a close-door meeting was held at White House on November 25, 1941. Agenda was how to manoeuvre Japan into firing first shot without allowing too much danger for ourselves.The issue assumes significance because American public was not in favor of joining war against Axis powers and there was a strong isolationist bloc in the Congress. Was there any pre- determined plan to push Japan on the road to war? Kimmel argues American policies pushed Japan on the road to war. This view is also shared by Captain Oliver Lyttleton, British minister of Supplies in Churchill’s war cabinet. Admiral’s view stands vindicated as Tokyo reacted aggressively to President’s actions.

The night before war began Roosevelt was chatting with his friend, advisor Harry Hopkins in the White HouseThe decrypted version Japan’s reply to American ultimatum came through in 14 parts. 13th section was by read by President who uttered after reading’ this means war’. Japanese rejected American ultimatum saying it cannot serve as a basis for negotiations. Reputed British military historian JFC Fuller has argued the Americans did not want negotiations but Tokyo’s submission.

Next day morning Marshall, Stark went through all 14 - parts of message. Still they refused to promptly alert Kimmel and Short to the danger that was fast approaching. The behavior of top Washington officials looks strange to me even to this day. Thus on morning of 7th December we find Kimmel and Short unaware of what President, Stark, Marshall already knew with Pacific Fleet, totally off guard, lying peacefully at anchor in Pearl Harbor.

Then we have the strange voyage of American gunboat Lanikai. Vessel sailed from Manila harbor. Its mission was spy the movements of Japanese Fleet in the South China sea, a step fraught with danger. My presumption that vessel served as a bait giving the President the pretext he wanted: ‘America acted in self-defence. Fortunately for the crew of Lanikai by this time Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor came through and the mission was called off.

More than 7 decades have passed since events discussed here happened. Question arises whether Americans genuinely did not know Japanese plans to raid Pearl Harbor!! Subject has passed into hands of historians from those directly concerned. What is stark truth behind this gigantic event in history? I feel clear-cut answer so far has eluded posterity. Victors write history, don’t they? The view Americans had no foreknowledge of attack has gained acceptance.
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Kimmel's "Story" Just That - It's "his" Sea Story 25 Nov. 2005
By Andrew McKane IV - Published on
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Admiral Kimmel's Story was written in the first person allegedly by Rear Admiral Husband Edward Kimmel. (I suspect much of the book was actually written by Laurence F. Safford, USN.) Kimmel was the Pacific Fleet commander at Pearl Harbor from 1 February to 17 December 1941. Admiral Kimmel's Story - as with his Roberts Commission, Navy Court of Inquiry, Army Pearl Harbor Board, and Joint Congressional Committee testimony would have us believe that he was deprived of critical intelligence that had been available in the War and Navy Departments. (Funny, the same charge has been made about Lieutenant General Walter C. Short, the commanding general of the Hawaiian Department in 1941.) What Kimmel's Story, thousands of pages of testimony and most revisionist books haven't told their readers is that the same intelligence that was available in Ultra-Washington in 1941 was also available at the highest level on Oahu. I've been working on a book, to be titled CLOSING THE LOOP ON PEARL HARBOR since 1 March 1989. Until my book is published, read Robert B. Stinnett's DAY OF DECEIT: THE TRUTH ABOUT FDR & PEARL HARBOR.

I do not fault Admiral Kimmel or General Short or any of their key staff members. Neither do I fault the top brass in the War and Navy Departments---or President Roosevelt. We had to get into the Second World War. We had to do so with a unified people. For this reason, we had Pearl Harbor. (Battle loses are a given in any battle ever fought. You go into any battle and you know you will have losses. The losses we had on Oahu on 7 December 1941 were well worth their cost in what it did to unify our people.

If one must blame anyone for Pearl Harbor, put the blame on the 70 percent or so of the American people who wanted this country to stay out of "Hitler's war." No intelligent person can today say that "we shouldn't gave gone to war against Nazi Germany." Anyone who believes that must be himself/herself a nazi or must think we can achieve peace at any price.

By the way: Both the ComInt unit of the 14th Naval District and the 9th Signal Intelligence Unit of the Army (at Fort Shafter) had Purple machines in 1941. And don't let anyone tell you that we were not reading JN-25 in 1941. We were. Dates on the paper copies of the intercepts have been sanitzed. Our Government "sanitized" many documents such as the "war warnings" and the daily Com14 Communications Intelligence Summaries in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. Ditto, many of the Magic intercepts published in JCC exhibits one and two.

Put Admiral Kimmel's Story in the same trash heap where Fuzzy Theobald's The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor: The Washington Contribution to the Japanese Attack belongs. Ditto, do the same with "AND I WAS THERE": Pearl Harbor and Midway - Breaking the Secrets. I can name many more titles on Pearl Harbor I'd recommend the same treatment with---unless someone wishes to see how a propaganda campaign is run. (The U.S. Navy & the U.S. Naval Institute have played a leading role in the coverup of Pearl Harbor over the years.)

Gordon W. Prange spent 37 years of his life researching Pearl Harbor. But remeber this: What is known as Prange's first book on Pearl Harbor, AT DAWN WE SLEPT: THE UNTOLD STORY OF PEARL HARBOR, was completed by two of his former students after Dr. Prange died. The editor was the same Bruce Lee who edited the so-called "Layton book" ("AND I WAS THERE") and actually wrote PEARL HARBOR: FINAL JUDGEMENT with the late Henry C. Clausen.

Perhaps someday someone will come along and really dig into how good our intelligence was on 9/11. That won't be me, however. CLOSING THE LOOP ON PEARL HARBOR - and all the research that has gone into it - will be my last involvement with anything that is (or can be considered) "a national security related topic."

Unfortunately, democracies are not perfect. The problem with any democracy is everyone can vote---but not everyone is well versed on many of the key issues of our time.

Pearl Harbor was for our greatest good. I'd have done what FDR and his ultras - including Admiral Kimmel & General Short did - if I were to go back in time. Spend your time reading Winston Churchill's THE GRAND ALLIANCE.

Kindest regards & Semper Fidelis,

Andrew (Andy) McKane IV

1024, Friday, 25 November 2005

Missoula, Montana
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