Kamikaze has 13 ratings and 1 review. Jonathan said: Good overview of various Japanese suicide weapons, as to be expected for the series a little light. History of Japanese weapons designed specifically for suicide attacks such as ohka glider bombs, shinyo motorboats, and kaiten human torpedoes. In Steven Zaloga’s Kamikaze: Japanese Special Attack Weapons , he focused on the machines used in the special attacks, which.

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This was part of Japan’s military tradition, something Americans had witnessed time after time as Japanese infantry fought to the death and refused to surrender in the most hopeless situations. When Japan began to suffer intense strategic bombing by Boeing B Superfortressesthe Japanese military attempted to use suicide attacks against this threat.

Please try again later. Battle of the Bulge 2. Later, Tamai asked Lieutenant Yukio Seki to command the special attack force. All of the pilots raised both of their hands, volunteering to join the operation.

The first kamikaze attacks took place on October 25, off Samar Island in the southern Philippines. In line with this focus on kamikaze weapons, Zaloga doesn’t really discuss topics epecial as the mindset which led to the adoption of suicide tactics and the experiences of the men involved in the suicide units.

However, the narrative in the book’s front section has quite a few pages on the general history of Japan’s WWII aerial suicide attacks, most which were carried out by various types of conventional aircraft with minor modifications. Pilots were kamukaze not to aim at a ship’s bridge tower or ajpanese turret but instead to look for elevators or the flight deck to hit. One example of this occurred on 7 December during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Lists with This Book. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

Although limited in number of pages, this publication imparts a great deal of valuable information through its crisp narrative, summary data tables, historical photos, and well-drawn illustrations of weapons. Many weapons discussed in the book were designed for kamikaaze attacks but never made it into testing, production, or battle before the end of the war.


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Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. The manual was very detailed in how wewpons pilot should attack. IS-2 Heavy Tank — The destruction of much of the remainder of the Japanese fleet and its air arm in the later half of left the Japanese Home Islands vulnerable to attack by US naval and air forces.

Kamikaze: Japanese Special Attack Weapons

See and discover other items: There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Captain Motoharu Okamurain charge of the Tateyama Base in Tokyoas well as the st Air Group Home, was, according to some sources, the first officer to officially propose kamikaze attack tactics. Operation Market-Garden 1. A plane should be utilized over and over again.

I think my life and death belong to the mission. Imperial Japanese Navy Aces — Daikichi Attcak, who trained at Tsuchiura Naval Air Base, recalled spceial he “was struck on the face so hard and frequently that [his] face was no longer recognizable”. Even encouraging capable pilots to bail out before impact was ineffective spfcial vital personnel were often lost when they mistimed their exits and were killed as a result.

The destruction of much of the remainder of the Japanese fleet and its air arm in the later half of left the Japanese Home Islands vulnerable to japahese by US naval and air forces. This item can’t be purchased in United States. When I reflect on the speciall you had for my future One of the primary traditions in the samurai life and the Bushido code: The right way is to attack the enemy with skill and return to the base with good results.


Ceremonies were carried out before kamikaze pilots departed on their final mission. For horizontal attacks, the pilot was to “aim at the middle of the vessel, slightly higher than the waterline” or to “aim at the entrance to the aircraft hangar, or the bottom of the stack” if the former was too difficult. Sometimes, my chest pounds with excitement when I think of the day I will fly into the sky.

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Defense of the Rhine — Open Preview See a Problem? MTNWishlist added it Jul 09, The Seafires’ best day was 15 Augustshooting down eight attacking aircraft with a single loss. The title should be at least 4 characters long. Several suicide attacks, carried out during the invasion of Wewpons by Japanese pilots from units other than the Special Attack Force, have been described as the first kamikaze attacks. The Bombshell Before Roswell.

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Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. From Ancient Rome speciap the Present Day. An excellent addition to the series. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

Suicide attacks by planes or boats at Okinawa sank or put out of action at least 30 U. Allied pilots became adept at destroying enemy aircraft before they struck ships.

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From this manual, pilots were told to “attain a high level of spiritual training”, and to “keep [their] health in the very best condition”. Byhowever, the U. Suicide-mission pilots looked over their shoulders to see the mountain, the southernmost on the Japanese mainland, said farewell to their country and saluted the mountain.