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    KAMIKAZE - The Prologue

    During The Battle of the Philippine Sea (June, 1944), the Imperial Japanese Navy deployed six large aircraft-carriers, and three light carriers as the core of the 1st Carrier Mobile Fleet. They were to intercept the invading U.S. Task Force at Saipan. Without gaining any positive result, the Japanese Navy lost two large carriers, and one light carrier along with 350+ carrier aircraft. Thereafter, the Japanese forces concluded that they were not able to smash the U.S. Task Force by frontal or standard tactics. The result of loosing Saipan by "Gyokusai"(Banzai Charge) led to the resignation of PM Tojo Hideki. With these series of crisis situations, the Japanese arm forces had to adopt a new tactic - TOKKOU.

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ID:	578090 Photo (Right): Hit by anti-aircraft guns, a Japanese aircraft trailing frames and smoke attempted an unsuccessful attack on escort carrier USS Kalinin Bay (CVE 68) in June, 1944. Four months later, USS Kalinin Bay would hit and damaged by Kamikaze aircraft.

    The chain of command of Tokkou strategy, and the problem of battle order:
    If the senior command plans and performs Tokkou strategy, a commander's authority was needed to be clarified so training could be enhanced. However, the commander who ordered the Hitshi strategy would need to take responsibility. It was the matter of "winning or dying", if the operation was unsuccessful, and led to an useless death of subordinates, the commander had to take full responsibility - an admiral or a commander had to commit Hara-kiri (way of apologize) for a generalissimo. Without taken or preparing such responsibility of sending the subordinates to the "field of death", the order of Tokkou would not able to be given.
    The way of commander to avoid the responsibility for Tokkou strategy had rely on their subordinates. By suggesting themselves with own initiative and to demonstrated a sacrificing spirit. The officers' and the soldiers of the front line would do anything to protect their country and family, they may even volunteer for suicide missions spontaneously. They would "gladly accept" the mission without any direct orders given by the commanders. Also, they would n' t bare the name "Cold-hearted Commander" who only send their men to die.
    Does this really mean they don' t have to take responsibility for Tokkou ?

    Of Note:

    The term Kamikaze is an English pronunciation, when the U.S. captured the D1 Naval Code documents, there were six numbers [343441] = 神風 (Shinpu). Because there were no Japanese pronunciation in the codes, the U.S. military translated the term directly.

    神風

    Kamikaze X

    Shinpu 〇

    神風特別攻撃隊 - Shinpu Tokubestu Kougeki-tai (Shinpu Special Attack Force or Shinpu Tokkou-tai)
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    This is a fantastic thread, so informative, thankyou.
    I have these two books that maybe of interest to viewers of this thread, Hajo Herrmann's auto biography, which is very detailed and informative, and also a book about a kamikaze attack on the USS Bunker Hill, but it also traces the life of the kamikaze pilot which struck her.
    Thanks again for such a great thread.....
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    Quote by Maschinenpistole 40 View Post
    This is a fantastic thread, so informative, thankyou.
    I have these two books that maybe of interest to viewers of this thread, Hajo Herrmann's auto biography, which is very detailed and informative, and also a book about a kamikaze attack on the USS Bunker Hill, but it also traces the life of the kamikaze pilot which struck her.
    Thanks again for such a great thread.....
    I've read the Hajo Herrmann book quite recently and enjoyed it!...
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



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    Sounds very interesting, should read them when I get a chance.
    Thank you for the info guys!

    Taka

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    This is a great thread thanks for the effort in putting it together.
    I'm reading Max Hastings 'Nemesis' at the moment and have just finished the chapter on kamikaze attacks in the Gulf of Leyte. I think we have been long overdue more objective views of the Pacific conflict.
    I will definitely visit the shrine next time I am in Japan.

    It's published a 'Retribution' in the US.
    Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 (Vintage): Max Hastings: 9780307275363: Amazon.com: Books

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    Taka - san , i have just come across this great image and snippet of info and thought it would sit well on your super thread !


    wwii1203
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    We are the Pilgrims , master, we shall go
    Always a little further : it may be
    Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
    Across that angry or that glimmering sea...

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    Quote by Alan M View Post
    Taka - san , i have just come across this great image and snippet of info and thought it would sit well on your super thread !


    wwii1203
    Hi Alan-san,

    Thank you for the pic and info.

    It's one of the famous photo of IJA Tokkou. (In fact,army doesn't use the term Kamikaze)

    Cheers!
    Taka

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    I saw this for sale on Ebay



    More photos on the ebay link. Perhaps you could save copies for your files before these disappear.

    海軍 = Navy
    神風特別攻撃隊 = KAMIKAZE Special Attack Unit
    昭和拾九年 = 1944
    零式戦闘機 = Zero Fighter

    --Guy

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    Would you say that this is genuine, Guy? For $314 bucks, I'm not liking the artwork on it much-especially not the anchor on the neck or the writing beneath it. Did such things like this exist for Kamikaze units, I wonder?
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Fantastic info in this thread. I have not studied the pacific war in any great detail, and this is very interesting stuff. Thanks Taka

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