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By Robin L. Rielly

Drawing on U.S. govt studies, interrogation experiences of jap officials, send motion studies and secondary resources, this booklet info greater than four hundred kamikaze assaults by way of jap plane, manned torpedoes, suicide boats and suicide swimmers opposed to U.S. ships in the course of global warfare II. half One makes a speciality of the traditions, improvement and background of the kamikazes, together with the origins of the samurai classification and its ethos, the improvement of kamikaze plane and watercraft, and the indoctrination of kids within the eastern tuition process. half info the kamikaze assaults on ships within the waters round the Philippines, Iwo Jima, Taiwan, Okinawa and Japan. Appendices record all the U.S. ships anguish kamikaze assaults in addition to casualty figures, outlines and silhouettes of assorted U.S. ships fascinated about kamikaze assaults, and silhouettes of jap kamikaze airplane

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Neither Franklin nor the other carriers in the American force were hit by kamikazes that day. The official beginning of the Japanese Navy’s kamikaze units came on 19 October 1944 when VAdm. Takijiro Onishi toured the base of the 201st Air Group at Mabalacat, Philippines. Onishi had just been appointed commander of the First Air Fleet and recognized that Japan’s position in the war was tenuous. He suggested to the air group’s leaders that suicide crashes were their only chance to defeat the enemy.

Bloomed for only a few days and then fell just like the young men who died in their prime. ”11 Once the pilots had assembled near their aircraft, a senior ranking officer usually made a short patriotic speech praising their courage and devotion to the Emperor and the country. The officiating officer might be quite high in the chain of command, depending on the importance of the mission. When the first Oka attack took off on 21 March 1945 from Kanoya, Corps Cmdr. Okamura gave the speech and VAdm. Matome Ugaki attended to wish the attackers well.

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