I WAS A KAMIKAZE: THE KNIGHTS OF THE DIVINE WIND.

Nagatsuka, Ryuji.


£20.00




1st Eng., lang., ed., 1973. 212 pp., photo & other plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Spine of d.j., a little faded o/w V.G.+. By October 1943 the Pacific War was beginning to turn against Japan and so the author began training as a pilot. The student pilots were rushed into combat after a much curtailed training, and had to face the massive American planes in antiquated aircraft. The Japanese navy was also being outclassed and by the autumn of 1944 the situation was critical and so the Japanese policy of suicide attacks was formulated. The Kamikaze pilots were highly trained to crash exactly on target, evading massive anti-aircraft fire so that their precious planes should not be lost in vain. The author gives us a unique insight into what it was that enabled these young men to die willingly in this fashion.


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