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Spud McLaren
929941.  Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:09 am Reply with quote

Q: When did Kamikaze first aid the Japanese war effort?

K: 19 June 1944; 13 September 1944; 14 October 1944; 15 October 1944; 21 October 1944; etc.

A: The word kamikaze originated as the name of major typhoons in 1274 and 1281, which dispersed Mongolian invasion fleets under Kublai Khan.
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929945.  Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:24 am Reply with quote

That's good stuff, Spud.

Spud McLaren
929946.  Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:32 am Reply with quote

Ta. There's more.

Shigeru Konno, who trained as a kamikaze pilot but never flew a mission, was awarded an OBE in 1985, admittedly for his services to rugby union football.

In fact there were many survivors of the kamikaze training regime, whether through the end of WWII, or through mechanical failure or combat damage. Shigeyoshi Hamazono set out 3 times and survived the end of the war.

929969.  Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:43 am Reply with quote

Other Kamikaze units and weapons.

Sadurian Mike
964810.  Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:57 am Reply with quote

I've just finished my dissertation about tanks in the jungle, and came across many accounts of Japanese suicide anti-tank methods.

Tank hunters were grouped in companies of about 100 men and were, according to contemporary prisoner information, considered to be suicide troops. Small units would simply attack tanks with anything from mines on poles, Molotov cocktails, or even just crowbars.

In the close terrain of the jungle, it was possible to get quite close to a tank without being seen, especially if the tank in question was not being close escorted by infantry. One Japanese officer managed to clamber onto a tank with a drawn sword, kill the commander, drop inside and kill the gunner, and was only stopped by the loader who emptied his revolver into him. Had the loader not been able to stop him, it might have been the first time a tank was defeated with a sword!

Mines and explosive satchels strapped to the soldier were another way to kill tanks, the man would just throw himself under the tank and pull the cord.

One suicide tank-killing method that demonstrated the blind obedience of the Japanese soldier was the man-with-a-bomb mine. A hole was dug in the road and camouflaged, in which the soldier crouched, an artillery shell or aerial bomb between his knees. When a tank, and only a tank, drove overhead the soldier struck the fuze with a hammer... boom. A war diary records how a tank regiment colonel noticed a series of such camouflaged holes along his proposed route. He walked along and shot each crouching soldier in turn. None of the bombs were detonated because the colonel was not a tank.

(Sources many and varied, but nothing really online).


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