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

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A classic and poignant treatment of Japan's struggle between recognition of the kamikaze's futility and the country's pride in having made the attempt to stem the tide of the American advance in 1944-1945, this account, given by two former Kamikaze pilots, testifies to Japanese perspective of the last days of World War II. This book stands out among English-language translations of Japanese accounts of the Pacific war, and was translated by a former American officer who fought ...
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The Divine Wind: Japan's Kamikaze Force in World War II

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Overview


A classic and poignant treatment of Japan's struggle between recognition of the kamikaze's futility and the country's pride in having made the attempt to stem the tide of the American advance in 1944-1945, this account, given by two former Kamikaze pilots, testifies to Japanese perspective of the last days of World War II. This book stands out among English-language translations of Japanese accounts of the Pacific war, and was translated by a former American officer who fought against the Japanese in the Pacific.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557503947
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Series: Bluejacket Paperback Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 845,160
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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Capt. Roger Pineau, a naval historian and author, was director of the Naval Memorial Museum in Washington, an editor at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of History and Technology, and managing editor of the Smithsonian Institution Press in the mid-1960's and early 1970's.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Publisher's Note
Preface
Preface
Pt. 1 Birth of the Kamikaze
1 Mabalacat 3
2 Mishap Over Manila 14
3 "On Behalf of Your Hundred Million Countrymen" 18
4 Marianas Aftermath 22
5 Rise of the Kamikaze Spirit 29
6 Cebu 38
Pt. 2 Kamikaze Operations in the Philippines
7 The Sho Operation and Early Sorties 47
8 First Successes 57
9 Extension of the Kamikaze Organization 65
10 Life at a Kamikaze Base 75
11 Final Operations in the Philippines 88
12 Philippine Exodus 106
Pt. 3 Special Attack Units in Formosa
13 The Divine Wind in Formosa 121
14 The Tan Operation 129
Pt. 4 The Islands of Japan
15 The War Nears Japan 137
16 Homeland Special Attack Units 150
17 The End of the Imperial Navy 161
18 Last Days of Admiral Ohnishi 169
Pt. 5 The Divine Wind
19 Admiral Ohnishi's Credo 179
20 The Kamikaze Controversy 188
21 Last Letters Home 196
Appendix A. Kamikaze Attack Operations in the Philippine Islands Area 211
Appendix B. Kamikaze Attack Operations in the Formosa Area 223
Appendix C. Kamikaze Attack Operations in the Okinawa Area 224
Index 235
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