Japanese World War Two bomber plane on the Japanese flag background

The Kamikaze meaning divine wind was a special attack unit. These people were part of the military aviators under the Japanese Special Unit who were used to initiate suicide attacks for Japan against the consigned naval vessels in the last phase of the Pacific campaign during the World War Two. They were designed to obliterate warships through air attacks. This particular practice was predominant from the time of the Battle of the Leyte Gulf in October 1944 all through to the end of the war. Most of the Kamikaze planes were either ordinary warriors or light explosives which routinely landed with explosives and gasoline tanks. These planes were crushed on purpose in the target territories.

The Kamikaze was formed through volunteers who were given an assurance of a place in heaven for willingly giving their lives for the survival of their emperor. Those who survived from the 205th Air Group later gave their reason for employing the attack was to lay in a disparity between the prolific power of the counties they attacked and the lack of alternatives in their methods of attack. Countless young and energetic men offered their services but an only son in a family was barred from joining. That rule was appealed by families of those who were convinced that they would want their lads to join and only through that were they allowed to join the cause.

After the selection was done, these young men went outdo their work. They later developed a missile directed by a pilot which was given the nickname ‘Baka’ which means fool. The pilot had no way of escape from the aircraft once it was launched. The missile was attached to an aircraft which was supposed to launch it. The missile was dropped from an altitude of more than twenty- five thousand feet equivalent to seventy- five hundred meters, a crazy figure of above fifty miles (80 kilometers) from the acquired target. After the drop, the captain would turn in the rocket motors that would steer the aircraft to accelerate to a speed of six hundred miles per hour during the hindmost dive. The explosive suffuses increased at the nose which in turn weighed more than one ton.

The Kamikaze attacks sank at least thirty- four ships and destroyed hundreds more during the war. Great losses were dispensed at Okinawa where they experienced great losses. The United States Navy lost more men in a battle that they had lost in any other battle. They grieved the loss of more than five thousand men. These attacks by the Japanese was followed by a number of grave military defeats. They lost aerial control due to outdated planes and losing almost all experienced pilots. Japan lost pilots quicker than they could train others to replace them. Japan not only suffered through the loss of battles but the ailed through a rapid deteriorating industrial capacity as compared to the associates. All these losses were incurred due to their unwillingness to fly the white flag. The kamikaze tactic blinded their efforts to secure their island thus attacked in their home islands.

At the conclusion of the World War Two, the United States of America intelligence team interviewed the survivors of the 205th or those whose turn to perform the plane attacks hadn’t arrived. In those interviews, it became crystal clear that sacrificing an individual’s life for the sake of Japan is precisely acceptable. The mentality had been dominant in the military for decades.

The custom of demise instead of defeat, shame, or capture is adapted to the roots in the military culture of the Japanese. An example of this kind of tradition is the life of a samurai and the famous Bushido code. ‘Honor and loyalty to the death’.


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