Tokyo announced a shake-up in its Navy, bringing Vice Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa into the top operational command.
U.S. Navy war planners at once dug into their secret files for a dossier on the man who thus became their most direct enemy.
This much was already on the record: Ozawa was tough and aggressive, but above all he was air-minded for 25 years he had boosted the cause of Japanese naval aviation. Tokyo itself supplied another reason why Ozawa was chosen: he had "thoroughly familiarized himself with surface special-attack [i.e., suicide] tactics."
The same strain ran through the other appointments. Admiral...