Kamikaze – Spirit/Divine Wind (Shinpū Tokubetsu Kōgetai)
Mag. Aleksander Čičerov, univ. dipl. inž., UL, FS, Editorial Ventil
Kamikaze (divine wind or spirit wind) were Japanese pilots who in WWII made deliberate suicidal crashes into enemy ships. The pilot (kamikaze) had no means of getting out once the missile was fastened to the aircraft that would launch it. Kamikaze attacks sank 34 ships and damaged hundreds of others during the WWII. In October 1944, Japan had been brought to its knees. Kamikaze pilots are the heroes that every Japanese should emulate. How could one complain of the lack of food, or of the air raids, when the flower of Japanese youth is selflessly sacrificing their lives to protect japan? And there is the Bushido code which demands loyalty and honour until death.
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