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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However, this volume that is in the New Vanguard series by Osprey Publishing effectively meets the series’ goal of presenting the “design, development, operation and history of the machinery of warfare through the ages” in concise, focused books.

Japanese Suicide Attacks at Sea”. Many Army officer kamikaze took their swords along, while the Jappanese pilots as a general rule did not.

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The invasion never happened, and few were ever used. With his superiors, he arranged the first investigations into the plausibility and mechanisms of intentional suicide attacks on 15 June Retrieved 15 August First Lieutenant Fusata Iida’s plane had taken a hit and had started leaking fuel when he apparently used it to make a suicide attack on Naval Air Station Kaneohe.

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wdapons From Ancient Rome to the Present Day. Although causing some of the heaviest casualties on U. Preview — Kamikaze by Steven J. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

The goal of crippling or destroying large numbers of Allied ships, particularly aircraft carriers, was considered by the Empire of Japan to kamiiaze a just reason for sacrificing pilots and aircraft. One thing wasn’t foreseen, the Japanese use of suicide aircraft. Tragic Heroes in the History of Japanp.

Kamikaze: Japanese Special Attack Weapons

Stuart Phillips added it Nov 16, This will also enable you to concentrate your attention on eradicating the enemy with unwavering determination, meanwhile reinforcing wweapons excellence in flight skills. Kamikaze aircraft were essentially pilot-guided explosive missilespurpose-built or converted from conventional aircraft.

Paperback48 pages. In desperation, the Imperial Japanese Navy proposed wea;ons “special attack” formations, a euphemism for suicide attacks. From this manual, pilots were told to “attain a high level of spiritual training”, and to “keep [their] health in the very best condition”.

A group of pilots from the army’s 31st Fighter Squadron on Negros Island decided to launch a suicide attack the following morning. It is easy to talk about death in the abstract, as the ancient philosophers discussed. His books have been translated into Japanese, German, Polish, C Steven Zaloga is an author and defense analyst known worldwide kamjkaze his articles and publications on military technology. Each of these 47 squadrons had 25 two-man Model 5 boats.


When the volunteers arrived for duty in the corps, there were twice as many persons as aircraft available. Some were unable to stand up and were carried and pushed into the plane by maintenance soldiers.

Kamikaze: Japanese Special Attack Weapons 1944–45

Dower weapohs, War Without Mercy: Lo — were followed by an immediate expansion of the program, and over the next few months over 2, planes made such attacks. 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. Most of the ships lost were destroyers or smaller vessels, especially those on picket duty.

The attacks off Leyte were conducted by small numbers of aircraft simulating conventional attacks until the last kakikaze moment. As time went on, Americans claimed, Shinto was used increasingly in the promotion of nationalist sentiment.