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Kamikaze Pilots of World War II [Kindle Edition]

Henry Roberts
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At the end of World War II, the American Navy found themselves facing a new foe on the battlefield --the Imperial Japanese kamikazes. These brave warriors from Japan were one of the most deadly enemies on the battlefield. They were also the first to use their airplanes as suicidal weapons. Navy boats and coastal forts were caught off guard by these surprising tactics (Which ultimately lead to a great deal of American causalities).

“Kamikaze Pilots of World War II” takes a comprehensive look at the world these suicidal pilots lived in. Learn about the culture of Japan, and why they ultimately made the decision to use such horrendous battlefield tactics. We also take a look at the final moments of some of the men involved in the bombings of Pearl Harbor and other naval attacks.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1143 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IWC3YW4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 15 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A haunting account or what must go on in the head of a kamikaze pilot before the attack. It's hard for western civilization to realize how an individual could be led into a situation that causes his own self destruction. This book had some great information and helped my understand the culture of these brave men.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 31 July 2014
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Thought provoking
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kamikaze Pilots 8 April 2014
By DAN HETHERINGTON - Published on
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Truely a different side of Japanese kamikaze story.Being an American, I've only seen and read about the damage they had done to our navy,but this book brings the more human element back to the forefront.You learn how and why these missions were started,and how the flyers were idolized by the general public.Very good read! Dan H
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 13 Mar. 2014
By New Yorker in Colorado - Published on
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This was a fascinating read. It offers historical detail and perspective that explain the actions of very human men... not the wild-eyed insane zealots typically shown in war movies.

The book, while a good read, could use better editing to eliminate some redundancy and better organize the flow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic story of Courage and Sacrifice by Many! 31 Mar. 2014
By george wilberg - Published on
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What a great read! This book is extremely well written and paces well. Little did I know that the idea of suicide missions were not solely the property of the Japanese Military in WWII. I learned that America in the Mediterranean in the battle with the Barbary Pirates in 1804 loaded a ship with 100 barrels of gunpowder and 300 shells to set afire and drift toward a huge fort on the shore off Tripoli. However, before that could be accomplished 100 of the enemy boarded the vessel. The American officer in charge could either surrender to superior forces or drop his torch into the hold blowing everyone up. He chose the latter and the explosion effectively reduced the forts defenses but he was some call the first American Kamikaze. The British also were no stranger to the concept loading a rocket launched Sea Hurricane off off a merchant ship in a convoy to intercept German raiders. Since there was no landing deck or nearby airbase after its sortie the pilot had to crash land his plane in the ocean or parachute into ice cold waters which for many later proved a suicide mission. In the war there were 35 of these named CAM ships of which 17 were lost at sea. Later the Brits said it was a waste of scarce resources producing little effect. For the Japanese short of fuel, seasoned pilots, airplanes, and few options they decided that Kamikaze methods were their only viable alternative. The Okinawa air campaign was subjected to over 900 raids with 4000 airplanes and of these 1900 were Kamikaze. Results were encouraging at first but eventually 1 in 35 planes sunk a vessel. Between January to October 1944 Japan lost over 5200 pilots or 42% of their entire pilots in the Military. There were also instances of other countries having their pilots use suicidal tactics such as the Germans and the Russians but hey if you want to find out about these events "read the book." This is simply a taste in this review for what to me was fascinating and enjoyable. To the author and publisher have only two words left "WELL DONE!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but needed some restructuring 17 Mar. 2014
By Yellowstone - Published on
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Interesting book on a subject not too often discussed in the western world....I believe the author could have reorganized some of his information so that he would not repeat himself, and have more flow to his information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad Story 6 May 2014
By Masao Miwa - Published on
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The real insight into the lives and emotions of those who gave and tried to give their lives for their emperor and country in the last desparate days of Japan during WWII. Sad that these young men had to sacrifice their young lives for a cause that was doomed to end. I think this is a must read for the younger generation to see the horrors of war and what it does with people caught up in it. Sometimes we don't always remember history, but history has a way of repeating itself. I wonder sometimes if the Moslem extremists think of themselves in the same vane as these young Japanese?
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