Kamikaze: Japan's Suicide Gods by Albert Axell

By Albert Axell

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The use of the japanese Kamikaze pilots through the moment international struggle was once probably the most dramatic and chilling advancements of the battle. yet who have been the Kamikaze pilots and what inspired them to make the final word sacrifice?

The demand Kamikaze pilots drew a wonderful reaction. 3 times as many utilized for suicide flights because the variety of planes on hand. The authors of Kamikaze: Japan¿s Suicide Gods look at the hearts and minds of the Kamikaze pilots, seen within the complete context of the conflict and the japanese cultures and traditions out of which the Kamikaze emerged. in accordance with interviews with Kamikaze survivors, unpublished memoirs, and files now not formerly open to the general public, the publication portrays the most remarkable and surprising occasions in background, an occasion that has made Kamikaze a family note worldwide.

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Possessed of a lively imagination, the author was sure that in the event of war with America the ‘Bushido spirit’ of the samurai would prevail over the ‘weakling’ Yankees whom he blithely dismissed as having been perverted by the Golden Calf. Referring to an ancient folk tale about 50 doughty swordsmen from Japan who had allegedly conquered ten Chinese provinces, the old soldier said that if a ‘few thousand samurai’ disembarked at, say, San Francisco, ‘the result would not be disappointing’. There were at the time, in the 1920s and 1930s, in both the United States and Japan many sci-fi-like books about an imaginary war between the two countries.

Exactly ten years after the ‘Manchurian Incident’ America suddenly demanded on November 26, 1941 that Japan restore things to the state existing before September 18, 1931; that is, to renounce all territorial gains during those ten years. A few days earlier the Japanese Foreign Minister, Shigenori Togo, said a US-Japanese understanding was still possible if Washington would ‘understand Japan’s national requirements and her position in East Asia and consider the situation as it exists in the light of realities’.

The order said that no stories should appear either ‘concerning the wish of Lieutenant Fujii to join the Special Attack Forces’ or ‘the suicide of the lieutenant’s wife with their two young children’. Five months later, Lieutenant Fujii, leading nine twin-seater fighters, took off from Kyushu’s Chiran Air Base at dawn and executed a Kamikaze attack on an American task force in Nakagusuku Bay, on the east coast of Okinawa. The nine planes, carrying a total of 18 flyers, had landed the day before from the Ozuki Air Base in Yamaguchi Prefecture, close to Hiroshima.

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