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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Get to Know Us. In all, it makes for a fascinating book You’ve successfully reported this review. I trained my mind and body as hard as I could and am anxious for the day I can use them to their full capacity in fighting.

Kamikaze: Japanese Special Attack Weapons

Edwin Dyer added it Jun 27, Even encouraging capable pilots to bail out before specia was ineffective because vital personnel were often lost when they mistimed their exits and were killed as a result.

The two pages of Further Reading at the end list numerous sources Zaloga used in the book’s preparation.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Every Japanese is capable of becoming a member of the Special Attack Corps. Called “Divine Wind” Kamikazethe special attack formations first saw action inand became the scourge of the US fleet in the battles for Iwo Jima and Okinawa in 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.


German V-Weapon Sites — Axell, Albert; Hideaki, Kase We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. Want to Read saving…. He had expressed his desire to lead a volunteer group of suicide attacks some four months before Admiral Takijiro Ohnishicommander of the Japanese naval air forces in the Philippines, presented the idea to his staff. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Imperial Japanese Navy Submarines — The B also had formidable defensive weaponry, so suicide attacks against the plane demanded considerable piloting skill to be successful, which worked against the very purpose of using expendable pilots.

Operation Market-Garden 1. Japan suffered from a diminishing capacity for war and a rapidly declining industrial capacity relative to that of the Allies.

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I cannot predict the outcome of the air battles, but you will be making a mistake if you should regard Special Attack operations as normal methods. The Pacific Historical Review.

It covers the aircraft which were used as Kamikazes and the Army and Navy’s suicide boats and submarines in some detail. The word originated from Makurakotoba of waka poetry modifying ” Ise ” [8] and has been used since August to refer to the major typhoons that dispersed Mongol invasion fleets under Kublai Khan in In desperation, the Imperial Japanese Navy proposed using “special attack” attacl, a euphemism for suicide attacks.

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The peak period of kamikaze attack frequency came during April—June at the Battle of Okinawa. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

See and discover other items: Axell and Kase see these suicides as “individual, impromptu decisions by men who were mentally prepared to die”. The History of U. The goal of crippling or destroying large numbers of Allied ships, particularly aircraft carriers, was considered by the Empire of Japan to be a just reason for sacrificing pilots and aircraft. In earlyU. It also covers specialized suicide attack weapons such as anti-tank lunge mines.

It does give an unknown insight into what the Japanese were up to in their last desperate battle preparations but still the book gives us very preliminary account of what actually was going on within the inner circle of the Japanese military preparation for the ultimate mainland battle.

Kamikaze: Japanese Special Attack Weapons –45 by Steven J. Zaloga

However, it was ultimately a bit disappointing due to the lack of detail on the weapons and how they performed. Bill Gordon, an American Japanologist who specialises in kamikazeslists in a article 47 ships known to have been sunk by kamikaze aircraft. An excellent addition to the series.