Isoroku Yamamoto

1884 - 1943

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Isoroku Yamamoto (山本 五十六, Yamamoto Isoroku, April 4, 1884 – April 18, 1943) was a Marshal Admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and the commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet during World War II. Yamamoto held several important posts in the Imperial Navy, and undertook many of its changes and reorganizations, especially its development of naval aviation. He was the commander-in-chief during the early years of the Pacific War and oversaw major engagements including the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Isoroku Yamamoto has received more than 5,312,430 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Isoroku Yamamoto is the 47th most popular military personnel (up from 49th in 2019), the 16th most popular biography from Japan (up from 17th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Japanese Military Personnel.

Ishoroku Yamamoto was a Japanese military officer who was the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1939 to 1944. He was the architect of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and is most famous for his role in World War II.

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Among military personnels, Isoroku Yamamoto ranks 47 out of 2,058Before him are Lü Bu, Ratko Mladić, Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Tariq ibn Ziyad, Tughril, and Romulus Augustulus. After him are Michel Ney, Roland, Baron Munchausen, Mikhail Kutuzov, Flavius Aetius, and Erich Ludendorff.

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Among people born in 1884, Isoroku Yamamoto ranks 4Before him are Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Amedeo Modigliani. After him are Edvard Beneš, İsmet İnönü, Hideki Tojo, Bronisław Malinowski, Casimir Funk, Édouard Daladier, Anton Drexler, and Max Brod. Among people deceased in 1943, Isoroku Yamamoto ranks 4Before him are Nikola Tesla, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and David Hilbert. After him are Pieter Zeeman, Simone Weil, Karl Landsteiner, Camille Claudel, Henrik Pontoppidan, Boris III of Bulgaria, Theodor Eicke, and Sophie Scholl.

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Among people born in Japan, Isoroku Yamamoto ranks 16 out of 6,245Before him are Haruki Murakami (1949), Yukio Mishima (1925), Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542), Naruhito (1960), Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536), and Emperor Taishō (1879). After him are Yoko Ono (1933), Yasunari Kawabata (1899), Osamu Dazai (1909), Murasaki Shikibu (973), Emperor Jimmu (-711), and Shinzō Abe (1954).


Among military personnels born in Japan, Isoroku Yamamoto ranks 3Before him are Oda Nobunaga (1534), and Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542). After him are Hattori Hanzō (1542), Saigō Takamori (1828), Hiroo Onoda (1922), Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159), Chūichi Nagumo (1887), Akechi Mitsuhide (1526), Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837), Date Masamune (1567), and Tōgō Heihachirō (1848).