Title: Divine Thunder: The Life & Death of the ...
Publisher: McCall Publishing Co., New York
Publication Date: 1971
Edition: First Printing of the First Edition
A Fine tight copy in a Near Fine unclipped sut jacket with a touch of sunning to the spine. This history of the infamous Japanese suicide pilots of World War II addresses why, when the need arose, they were ready to die without hesitation. While the first suicide missions were self-imposed, before the end of 1944 suicide operations were incorporated into Japan's official war strategy. The author explains how the kamikazes, the frogmen and torpedo boat crews were chosen and how they departed on their one-way missions. Illustrated with drawings and photographs. Bookseller Inventory # 23263
Synopsis: In the autumn of 1944, as American forces grew stronger in the Pacific, the Japanese were realizing they were outnumbered and resolved to do something drastic. Drawing from a legend 700 years old, about the gods providing a typhoon (or as they called it a "divine wind") for their protection, the Japanese organized "special attack forces" to provide their own man-made divine thunder..
This is an absorbing account of the Japanese Naval Special Attack Suicide Fliers, the "Kamikazes" - squadrons of airplanes that would purposely crash dive into Allied ships, often with devastating results. Illustrated with photographs, drawings, and a bibliography.
Language Notes: Text: English, French (translation)
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