A Glorious Way to Die: The Kamikaze Mission of the Battleship Yamato, April 1945

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Newmarket Press, 1981 - History - 341 pages
Told from both Japanese and Allied points of view, this critically acclaimed World War II classic documents the tragic final days of the Japanese battleship Yamato and its doomed last mission. In April 1945, the Japanese battleship Yamato, the pride of the Japanese navy and the largest battleship ever built, left Japan on a deliberate suicide attack upon Allied forces engaged in the Battle of Okinawa, with only eight other Japanese warships, no overhead air cover, and enough fuel for only one day. The Japanese force was attacked, stopped, and almost completely destroyed by U.S. carrier-borne aircraft before reaching Okinawa. Yamato and five other Japanese warships were sunk. The Yamato lost 3,062 men; only 269 were saved. In this critically acclaimed retelling of the Yamato's final days, from March 28 to April 8, 1945, Russell Spurr documents and dramatizes, from both American and Japanese points of view, the events surrounding this tragic mission--a battle that made clear Japan's willingness to sacrifice large numbers of men in attempts to slow the Allies, which, in many historians' opinions, likely influenced President Truman's decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the atom bomb four months after the Yamato sank.

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On April 29, 1945, the Japanese battleship Yamato left her anchorage in Kure harbor and headed for Okinawa, accompanied by a single light cruiser and eight destroyers. The official mission of “Special ... Read full review

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As WW2 was drawing to a close the Yamato set sale on a one way mission to free Okinawa. A well written exploration of both the mindset and stratagey behind the kamikaze attacks at the end of WW2. Read full review

About the author (1981)

Spurr was one of the first Western correspondents to report from Peking after the 1949 establishment of the People's Republic of China.

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