World Battlefronts: Admirals' Week

It was a bad fortnight for Japanese brass hats:

¶ This week Tokyo announced that' the Empire's Naval Minister, Shigetaro Shimada, stocky, cherry-lipped architect of Japan's most recent naval disasters (TIME, July 3), had been dropped from the Cabinet. But it was not an out-&-out sacking. Shimada will keep his other job as Chief of Naval Staff, thus be able to devote full time to finding tactical remedies for the Empire's critical plight in the Pacific. His successor as Naval Minister: Admiral Naokuni Nomura,* expert in submarine and torpedo techniques.

¶ On Saipan, Vice...

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