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Kaiten: Japan's Secret Manned Suicide Submarine And the First American Ship It Sank in WWII

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In November 1944, the U.S. Navy fleet lay at anchor in Ulithi Harbor, deep in the Pacific Ocean, when the oiler USS Mississinewa erupted in a ball of flames. Japan’s secret weapon, the Kaiten—a manned suicide submarine—had succeeded in its first mission.

The Kaiten was so secret that even Japanese naval commanders didn’t know of its existence. And the Americans kept it secr
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Berkley
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Steve
May 24, 2014 Steve rated it liked it
Maru roku kanamono, or in literal Japanese, “circle-six metal fitting,” doesn’t sound like much of a secret weapon, does it? Maru roku kanamono was the secret code name for a manned, underwater torpedo. It was the closing days of World War II in the Pacific. Japan was desperate to reverse their pending defeat. So, maru roku kanamono or the kaiten was born. The plan was to place volunteers in the cramped cockpits of torpedoes converted into miniature submarines. Their suicide missions against ...more
Justin
Jan 13, 2016 Justin rated it really liked it
Picture the scene: It is November, 1944, nearing the end of World War II. Imperial Japan, despite the fall of its allies, is still at war with the United States. The nation is desperate for a chance to turn the tides of war. Like the Kamikaze suicide pilots, Japan’s new secret weapon is very deadly at sea. In November, 1944, United States oiler USS Mississinewa explodes. Imperial Japan’s first manned suicide submarine, the Kaiten, had successfully completed its mission.

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Laura
Jul 04, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, sea
While the title emphasizes the Japanese kaiten, the book really focuses on the ship it sank, the oiler USS Mississinewa. The chapters flip between the Japanese and American perspectives, though the Japanese side lacked a lot of the depth and voice of the American side. The largest portion is dedicated to a compilation of all available accounts of the sinking -- it's an intense read of burnings and drownings. Mair is a competent writer but not a storyteller and this book desperately needed an ...more
Ray McCoy
Very well researched! Well written and easy to follow

Meticulous research is obvious in this well organized piece of history. It was enjoyable to read and most informative in the research of my upcoming book. I wasn't aware that Rosenthal also took a photograph of the Mississinewa as he did at the flag raising on Mount Suribachi.
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Feb 18, 2015 R. Fulleman rated it it was amazing
Really liked this book. It told the story of the USS Mississinewa and the Imperial Japanese Navy secret weapon, Kaiten, a manned suicide submarine that was used in WWII. The story is a good read and pays homage to those sailors who were fighting for their countries. There is an amazing amount of research done and it is readily seen in the book.
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