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By M.G. Sheftall

A compelling chronicle of guys whose maximum hope was once to die as warriors-and the legacy that also haunts these whose destinies have been by no means fulfilled.

In the final days of global warfare II, the japanese unleashed a brand new breed of warrior-the Kamikaze, idealistic younger males who believed there might be no higher glory than to sacrifice their lives in suicide assaults to protect their fatherland. yet what of these males who took the sacred oath to die-and lived? quickly after Sept. 11, ethnographer M.G. Sheftall used to be given exceptional entry to the cloistered neighborhood of Japan's final final Kamikaze corps survivors. the result's a poignant and unforgettable glimpse into the lives and mindsets of former Kamikaze pilots who by no means accomplished their ultimate missions.

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Let us always remember the human struggles that historical past has taught us within the Pacific struggle: From the assault on Pearl Harbor to the aftermath of the atomic bomb. M.G. Sheftall takes a daring step to checklist the non-public tales and perspectives of the pilots of the notorious tokko software extra popularly referred to as "kamikaze" to the West. this can be a subject that's a lot taboo because it is respected in Japan. it is a subject that just a non-Japanese can learn, for it'd be "academic suicide" for any jap to partake. Sheftall does an exceptional activity of giving a non-biased tale, and explains in painstaking aspect to the Western reader what went in the course of the hearts of the lads and girls within the tokko application. numerous passages introduced tears to my eyes. eastern poetry and Haiku, own letters, real newpaper translations and such are scattered through the ebook. There also are approximately 15 pages worthy of black and white photos. Sheftall does not justify the tokko application, yet he convinces you that any soldier keen to struggle for his or her kingdom has an analogous fireplace burning of their hearts. He asks the query on the finish: Does the struggling with spirit that made Japan a global energy nonetheless exist within the sleek jap?

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The Fannie Bee stood down from General Quarters about fifty minutes ago. Crew members are taking cat naps or coffee breaks, trying to talk themselves down from the battle rush. Others smoke Camels and Lucky Strikes and stare off at the flat gray horizon, wondering why they are still alive and if their hands will ever stop shaking. They have just endured two hours of the twentieth century naval equivalent of hand-to-hand combat with fists and club, but they have prevailed, and the Fannie Bee came through like a trouper.

But then, the vast majority of them were not fifty-three. Physical manifestations of the whining demands of mortal flesh were becoming urgent of late. He had started passing blood in his urine, but had yet to tell any of the corpsmen in headquarters about it. More worrisome still, at least from a quality of life viewpoint, was his nervous stomach, which had afflicted him since the Battle of the Philippine Sea and the fall of Saipan four months earlier. But that miserable fact, too, was kept to himself.

Interservice dialogue with Lieutenant General Kyōji Tominaga and the Army people confirmed that the Fourth Air Army covering the Philippines was leaning in this direction, too, although they were typically stingy with operational details[14]. Army or Navy, no one with gold on their shoulders back in Japan seemed to have any better ideas, either, and the taiatari seishin (“body crashing spirit”) central to tokkō was already attaining servicewide recognition at the field- and company-grade officer level in both branches.

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