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Why did Japan resort to Kamikaze attacks from air and sea? Was it a long-standing policy founded in history or a last-ditch action by a nation facing defeat? How were the recruits found and trained? Why were trainers held back from missions? Did the tactic bring any success? How were the raids reported at home and by the enemy? What were the views of those who encountered such attacks? This volume deals with all these questions. All elements of the aviation and naval actions are described, but the traditions, nationalism and psychologies of the policy are not ignored.Out of the sun they came, Japan’s suicide samurai, diving down fast to explode in death and destruction as they hit the decks of Allied warships. There was no turning back, no hope of survival.
Was it needless sacrifice, a panic strategy in the last, losing days of the war? Or was it a valid military tactic, born of a centuries-old belief in the sanctity of Imperial Japan?
In this fascinating study historian Raymond Lamont-Brown examines the psychology, myths and reality of the kamikaze programme. Detailed accounts of training, weapons and actual attacks, by air and sea, illustrate the idealism of young* men wanting to die for the greater glory of their nation.
‘We watched each plunging kamikaze with the detached horror of one witnessing a terrible spectacle rather than as intended victim ’
Vice Admiral Charles R. Brown, USN
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