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The Divine Wind: Japan's Kamikaze Force in World War II

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Two former officers of the Imperial Japanese Navy tell their version of the history of the kamikaze attacks. Captain Rikihei Inoguchi served as senior staff officer to Vice Admiral Takijiro Ohnishi, who initiated Japan's kamikaze attacks against American ships in the Philippines. Commander Tadashi Nakajima was flight operations officer for the 201st Air Group, which organi ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by US Naval Institute Press (first published 1968)
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Dwight
This 1958 book by former Japanese naval officers associated with the formation and deployment of the Special Attack groups known as Kamikazes provides fascinating insights into the program, the leaders and aviators involved. Is it crazy to choose a suicidal mission or is it courageous? Rational or irrational? It was often a matter of perspective and circumstance.

For the first Kamikazes stationed in the Philippines, the authors paint a picture of naval aviators readily volunteering for the crash
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Bill Vaughn
An exceptionally well-balanced and scholarly work of a still controversial strategy. Any tendency to label a "suicidal" mode of modern warfare as, for example, a mere "tactic" or the handiwork of misrepresents the terror inflicted upon the men (and, yes, women) who were caught up in its cross hairs, not to mention the pervasive sense of honor and sacrifice on the part of the suicide pilots. Intriguingly, while almost all Kamikazes performed their duty without complaint, many were none too happy ...more
Tomi
This book reiterated much of what I read in Shatterd Sword about the Jaanese culture and their fatalistic mindset. It was written by two men who were part of the kamikaze force. They stress their belief that there was no compulsion to become a kamikaze pilot: every pilot volunteered and many were heartbroken when they were not chosen to fly. The book helped me understand that the Japanese culture created such men. Do your duty, even if you die...and even when it won't make any difference. Seems ...more
Chas Bayfield
This book gives an incredible insight into the young men who flew Kamikaze missions in World War Two. Far from being scared, they were often in high spirits, convinced that they were earning themselves status in the afterlife. It's interesting to learn that there was no shortage of willing volunteers and that the pilots joked with their superior offciers that they would be the ones in charge in the next life. A good, well written, informative read.
Henrikhus
Just read the book, I think kamikaze's pilots are brave men and it was the right act according to the spirit of bushido. but still I also think it was useless act. They probably could sunk several or dozens of US warships but it would be replaced quickly by new ships and the number they got is too small compared to the number of the whole fleet which was I think about 1.000 ships.
Thesunan
Nov 07, 2010 Thesunan is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
dapet di stan KOBAM PBJ tp terjemahannya, di database GR blm ada yg versi terjemahannya
Tony
Apr 21, 2007 Tony rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: history buffs
Great book to get a different perspective on the Pacific theater war.
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