Kamikaze Reunion May End The Myth

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Kamikaze Reunion May End The Myth

Post by Psycho Mike » 06 Nov 2004 18:02

Like many violent acts during wartime, the Japanese kamikaze attacks of World War II have been vilified or conveniently dismissed as a freakish aberration that cannot be understood in rational terms. The self-sacrifice of the young Japanese pilots has been written into popular history as derived from an extreme interpretation of the samurai code and the wartime belief that the Japanese emperor was a living god.

"Banzai!" or "Long Live the Emperor", was their battle cry, or so popular mythology has it.

But the way the pilots who survived the war tell it, their prime motivation was simply desperation to protect the people they loved from coming to harm in a war that was rapidly - and very clearly - deteriorating into defeat. If they could keep the Allies from their shores and loved ones, they would have achieved their purpose.

In interviews conducted in Japan, some of the would-be kamikazes expressed relief, sadness even today that their comrades had died, and even some survivor guilt.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/FK06Dh01.html

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Post by tonyh » 10 Nov 2004 12:49

dismissed as a freakish aberration
I see the Kamikaze attacks as nothing more but a heroic last ditch effort by the Jap's to try an stem the tide of the allied advance. Albeit something that I find horrific and very disturbing too.

Its good that more and more information about Japan's war is coming out and being made available to absorb.

Theres a book about the Japanese experience in New Guinea floating around somewhere, thats meant to be fantastic.

No bullshit, just fact.

I can't remember who wrote it or what the hell its caled though. :x

Tony

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Post by red devil » 10 Dec 2004 16:16

This was only whilst the Fleets were at sea. Imagine the problem with troops actually landing on mainland soil!!!

The term "Kamikazi Reunion" has comic connotations in a way. The Irish Kamikazi pilot who successfully flew 60 missions etc. Kamikazi is the last organisation that you would expect to hold reunions!

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Post by e.polis » 11 Dec 2004 00:37

It would be a comical situation to "crash" a Kamakazie reunion, could be lots of fun, after all they are the survivors of their respective squadrons, I wonder how many flew more than five missions.

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Post by Barrett » 15 Dec 2004 02:54

There were some kamikaze pilots who flew more than one mission, aborting because of weather, engine trouble, navigation, etc. An intriguing examination of the topic is the forthcoming Blossoms in the Wind by M.G. "Bucky" Sheftall, from New American Library. It's built around extensive interviews not only with aircrew but submariners and speedboat drivers.

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