Kamikaze

Japan's Last Bid for Victory

Adrian Stewart

In this fascinating book the author examines the Japanese concept of Kamikaze, the deliberate self-sacrifice of life in the cause of victory. This attitude, while incomprehensible to their American and European enemies, has its roots in the samurai tradition of fighting for their master or nation regardless of personal safety.
Date Published :
August 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
32 black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526748034
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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In this fascinating book, the author examines the Japanese concept of Kamikaze, the deliberate self-sacrifice of life in the cause of victory. This attitude, while incomprehensible to their American and European enemies, has its roots in the samurai tradition of fighting for their master or nation regardless of personal safety.

By late 1944, the Japanese had already proved themselves fanatical but the actions of the Kamikaze Corps of pilots from the Leyte Gulf battle onwards took matters to a new level. Allied forces were shocked to find themselves the subject of widespread deliberate suicide attacks by pilots.

These continued during the invasion of the Philippines in early 1945 and reached a climax during the Battle of Okinawa from 1 April to June 1945. In total over 1000 kamikaze airmen perished.

Graphic description of these suicide attacks and the resulting loss of life and ships litter this revealing and shocking book.

The author’s in depth study of the historic and cultural reasons for this seemingly reckless courage is important and illuminating.

About The Author
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Adrian Stewart was educated at Rugby School before taking First Class Honours at Caius College, Cambridge. His previously published works with Pen and Sword Books include: Eighth Army’s Greatest Victories, Early Battles of Eighth Army, They Flew Hurricanes, The Campaigns of Alexander of Tunis 1940-1945, February 1942 – Britain’s Darkest Days, Carriers at War, Six of Monty’s Men and Ten Squadrons of Hurricanes (2015) have all been published by Pen and Sword Books. He lives near Rugby.

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