Each article in Naval History is a team effort, with the players being the author and the magazine's editors and designers. Of course, there's sometimes an exception, and this issue includes a big one: Takekuni Ikeda's "The Imperial Navy's Final Sortie." In addition to the author and the magazine's staff, numerous people in Japan and the United States helped out with it.
Dr. Ikeda's article is a riveting account of the Japanese Navy's forlorn attempt to alter the Battle of Okinawa by sending the battleship Yamato and nine other warships on a kamikaze mission to the island. A 1943 graduate of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy, the author was a lieutenant (junior grade) in one of the ships, the light cruiser Yahagi. But there's an article within the article. Dr. Ikeda interspersed his recollections of the mission with a moving account of an April 2006 memorial cruise taken by survivors of the operation and family members of sailors who died during it.
On Our Scope
By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief