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US Navy Ships vs Kamikazes : Pacific Theater 1944-45 (Paperback) (Mark Stille)
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Faced with a rapidly deteriorating military situation and unable to sustain conventional air attacks on US Navy surface ships, the Japanese were forced to resort to desperate measures in late 1944. Their solution, suicide attacks by manned aircraft, was not only terrifying and effective, but it has fascinated military historians and readers ever since.The ineffectiveness of conventional air attacks on US Navy surface ships, particularly heavily defended targets like carrier task groups, forced the Japanese to re-evaluate their tactics in late 1944. The solution they arrived at was simple -- crash their aircraft into American ships. This notion of self-sacrifice fit well within the Japanese warrior psyche and proved terrifying to the American sailors subjected to it. These tactics brought immediate results, and proved effective until the end of the war.This book examines this terrifying new way of waging war, revealing how the US Navy was forced to adapt its tactics and operations and deploy new weapons to counter the threat and analyzing the actual military benefits of the kamikaze missions, assessing whether the damage caused to American naval strength by the loss of so many pilots and aircraft actually had a material impact.