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3.0 out of 5 starsSuicide or defeat.
Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2014
this account and analysis of the suicide flights of WWII is chillingly personal. My father replaced a victim of the Leyte Gulf attack on an escort carrier that after repair returned to the War front in time to be the subject of later Kamikaze tactics. Excellent points are made about the huge risk of death that all Japanese aviators were under by the end of the war. The impact of these suicide tactics had upon the decision to drop the BOMB is speculative but more than interesting. The personal diary entries of the pilots who flew one way missions makes the book stand out.
Spelling might be off, but not an means 'ouch', roughly translated. Until I read this short account I didn't realize just how much man power was used by the Japanese in this futile attempt to gain some high ground near the end of the war. Short, not too sweet (but very informative), yet as most of these Charles River's shorts it keeps ones attention. The story makes one wonder what kinds of insanity military leaders may turn to when things become hopeless. Worth reading for all.
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2014
This book provides a history of kamikaze pilots from the beginning to the end of World War II. I found the book to be quite interesting because this was the first time that I had the opportunity to read about the kamikaze from the perspective of a kamikaze. I believe that most of the kamikazes were volunteers; but, the book demonstrates that many kamikazes toward the end of the war were forced to complete their missions. The book even provides a limited history of a Christian kamikaze pilot. I recommend this book to anyone who might be interested in this subject.
4.0 out of 5 stars"To be honest, I cannot say that the wish to die for the emperor is genuine, coming from my heart..."
Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2014
...However, it is decided for me that I die for the emperor." Quotes of letters from kamikaze pilots sent to their loved ones prior to their one-way missions put you right inside their heads making for downright chilling reading! I guess it should come as no surprise that of the nearly 4000 kamikaze pilots who perished during WW2 a considerable majority were conscripts enrolled under varying degrees of compulsion. A very good history book complete with actual photographs!
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2017
This short book is a quick read and contains several striking photos. Despite it's short length, it offers a clear insight to the thinking and mentality of both the Japanese military and the pilots. Illustrated by the words of the pilots and others at the time of the attacks, the book makes clear that not all those in the program felt the same.... Well worth the read!
5.0 out of 5 starsAn outstanding read and an insight into the war thinking.
Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2014
You find that most of the Kamikaze pilots were just as human as you and had to struggle with their mission of country over life. They also changed the world view of how hard it would be to invade Japan during the 2nd World War.
Extremely well-written. I feel sad that so many young people died to keep their emperor alive. It is a cruel world and self-ego is the worst thing. Sincerely hope that there will be no more world war, let all live in peace.