Samurai Unknown Binding – 1969
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ON the southernmost main Japanese island of Kyushu, the small city of Saga lies midway between two major centers which in recent years have become well known to thousands of Americans. Read the first page
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The author was a decorated Japanese fighter pilot in WWII and this memoir outlines his rigorous training regime, details various campaigns, and articulates his experience of air combat over the Pacific in great and sometimes grisly detail.
This book offers perspective on the Japanese martial spirit and is itself a rare story given the scant likelihood of survival of Japanese pilots by the end of the war. If you have read Geoffrey Wellum's recent book First Light or Richard Hillary's Last Enemy - both about the RAF, you should find Sasai's account of his battles in the Pacifica at the same time equally compelling.
Microsoft's Combat Sim 2 allows one to re-create, amongst other things, some of Sasai's missions detailed in this book.
PS Amazon have now updated this book and a new copy has been downloaded. This must surely be an improved copy but I can't comment on any changes made as that would require reading the book again and it is too soon to do that.
He was born on 26th august 1916, he came from the countryside but from a family with samurai's heritage, on 1933 he joined the navy becoming a pilot, he began fighting against the Chinese on 1938, he partecipated to a lot of missions in the Pacific , ending the war flying against the american bombers.
The book is moving because it shows you the real soul and the real feelings of a Japanese pilot, as when he survived to his mission kamikaze.
For sure one of the best book of this genre.
Just one complain: the printing quality is very bad, it looks like an old mimeograph, a sort of copy of a copy of a copy, not a modern and clean print. Quite annoying to read.
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An excellent book and certainly inspiring me to look for more by the lesser published IJAAF and IJN aces of world war 2. Read morePublished 16 days ago by G. Ellis
A story from the other side well worth reading and also an insight into the training where constant beatings lead to an automatic responce to any order given even if it meant deathPublished 5 months ago by DrewP
I have read this as a paperback so wanted to reread it as I enjoyed it. I haven't finished it but am disappointed at the numbers of typos e.g. Read morePublished 15 months ago by S. Newton
Have been looking for this book for a long time - was not dissapointed,best read. Will definately follow up on the other works by this authorPublished 23 months ago by Sarah Moss