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An airplane that arrived too late

For the Japanese Empire, the famous proverb "too little and too late" applied in many ways during World War II. The fate of the Achi B7A2 Ryusei navy dive and torpedo bomber is a shining example of this.

Battle of the Coral Sea - Part I

The Battle of the Coral Sea, from 4 to 8 May 1942, was a major naval battle between the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and naval and air forces of the United States and Australia. Taking place in the Pacific Theatre of World War II, the battle is historically significant as the first action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other and the first in which the opposing ships neither sighted nor fired directly upon one another.

Preparations for the battle and an overview of the forces deployed in this battle.

Battle of the Coral Sea - Part II

The Battle of the Coral Sea, from 4 to 8 May 1942, was a major naval battle between the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and naval and air forces of the United States and Australia. Taking place in the Pacific Theatre of World War II, the battle is historically significant as the first action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other and the first in which the opposing ships neither sighted nor fired directly upon one another.

The beginning of the battle and the first clashes between the Japanese and American fleets.

Battle of the Coral Sea - Part III

The Battle of the Coral Sea, from 4 to 8 May 1942, was a major naval battle between the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and naval and air forces of the United States and Australia. Taking place in the Pacific Theatre of World War II, the battle is historically significant as the first action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other and the first in which the opposing ships neither sighted nor fired directly upon one another.

Battles of May 8 and the culmination of the battle.

Kamikaze in action

It captures the period before the "official" emergence of kamikaze units.

ONISHI Takijiro, Admiral, 1892-1945

The father of the idea of kamikaze. He was born in the mountain village of Ashida in a family with important samurai ancestors, which was naturally reflected in his upbringing and life. He was a thoughtful and excellent student, continuing his studies at the Naval Academy in Etajima, which he graduated from as the fourth best graduate of the year.

Phase II - Kamikaze over Taiwan

At Dark Field, Admiral Oniši meets Rear Admiral Sugimoto, Commander of the 26th Kóku Kantai, and Admiral Fukudome, Commander of the 2nd Kókú Kantai. They decided that further fighting would be conducted by the air force from Taiwan, where another US invasion was expected.

Phase III - Kamikaze in Iwo Jima

The Japanese realized that other operations would bring the Americans closer to Japan, and so their next target after Taiwan could be Iwo Jima, or even Okinawa. The island of Kyushu was chosen as the optimal area for the new location of the air force, whose southern coast offered the possibility of intervention in all areas that were to be protected.

Special attack units of Japan in WWII

It is an abbreviated (and incomplete) excerpt from Josef Novotný's excellent fact sheet "CAUSA KAMIKAZE", published by NV 1991. It captures the conditions for the formation of these units, the spiritual "father" and a relatively detailed period from October 25, 1944 to the end of the war (even before this official start - usually when the pilots were hit and had no chance of rescue). Unlike the author, I refrained from evaluating these combat activities, especially in terms of the genocide of my own nation, because it was done once and I do not have to judge them. Nevertheless, I believe that without a confidential knowledge of the "spirit of Nippon", any use of non-Japanese standards is wrong.

The sinking of the Task Force Z

On December 4, the newly formed Eastern Fleet arrived in Singapore, consisting of the battleship Prince of Wales, the battleship Repulse and several destroyers. Command was entrusted to Vice Admiral Thomas Philips.

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