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Excellent Book on Japan's Last Ditch Efforts in WWII,
This review is from: Kamikaze: Japanese Special Attack Weapons 1944-45 (New Vanguard) (Paperback)
Excellent book. It is indeed frightening to know the extent that the Japanese were willing to go in order to avoid the shame of surrender and loosing face. Reading this book helps you to understand why President Truman made the decision to drop the atomic bomb on both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. With the possibility of 500,000 allied and over 1,000,000 Japanese causalities on the first day of battle alone, the invasion of Japan was a daunting aspect. The Japanese realized that they could not match the US and her allies in terms of technology and quantity. So they substituted the most advanced weapons guidance system they had available at the time - the human brain. This book lays out in great detail the extent to which the Japanese had planned to use suicide weapons at sea, on land, and the air. They were of course, most successful with the air campaign, causing in a 9 month period greater casualties than the US Navy suffered during the rest of the entire war , in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters combined. Also, the code of Bushido i.e. the Way of the Warrior had the Japanese convinced that their fighting spirit alone could compensate for their weaknesses in terms of men and material. Well laid out, with illustrations, drawing, and clearly written text.
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Initial post: Dec 22, 2011 3:52:25 PM PST
Richard Peterson says:
Those casualty figures were for the first phase of the operation, the conquest of Kyushu, not the first day. Otherwise, a good and useful review. Thank you.
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