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Kamikaze Proj
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  • 1. By Mai Hanoon and Hilary Cutler Kamikazes
  • 2.
    • To educate students about Kamikazes during World War II
  • 3.
    • Means “divine wind” in Japanese
    • During WWII, referred to suicide attacks against Allied boats in the Pacific by Japanese aviators
  • 4. Japan's 205th
    • Japan’s 205 th was the air force regiment assigned the job of completing the suicide attacks
    • The air group caused serious losses on the American Pacific fleet
    • Japanese that volunteered to join the 205 th Air Group were guaranteed a place in heaven for their sacrifices
  • 5.
    • Kamikaze culture was based on Bushido tradition and was influenced by Shinto believes
    • Young Japanese grew up learning the core beliefs of the Kamikaze through fairy tales and folklore
  • 6.
    • Before the kamikaze pilots’ last mission a ceremony was performed where the Japanese flag, inscribed with inspirational words of wisdom, was given to them
    • Pilots also read a “death poem” which was taken from Samurai tradition
    • Saki was drunk before the pilots departed along with receiving their “Flag of the Rising Sun” headband
    Departure Ceremony
  • 7.
    • Training for the Kamikaze unit was very brutal
    • Torturous punishment and strenuous training was used daily
    • Beatings during training were justified by the idea that they instilled the soldiers’ fighting spirits
    • Daily punishments caused some pilots to lose patriotism for their country
  • 8.
    • The idea of having a manned missile was proposed by vice-Admiral Onishi of the Japanese Navy on October 19, 1944.
    • Adopted the motto “One man, one ship.”
    • Created new plane just for the project named “Okha” translated to “Cherry Blossom”
    The Rise of the Kamikaze
  • 9. The Mitsubishi A6M2
    • Nicknamed the "Zero”
    • Kamikaze pilot's personal "flying coffin.“
    • It had a maximum speed of 332 mph and a range of 1,930 miles.
    • The A6M2 was armed with 2 machine guns and could carry 264 lbs bombs
    • Main aircraft used at Pearl Harbor and in the early stages of Pacific War
    • 11,283 models produced
  • 10.
    • Nakajima Ki-115 – 104 were built that could carry bombs used for kamikaze attacks
    • Mitsubishi J8M/Ki-200 Shusui – rocket powered interceptor
    • Reppu – specially designed for use againt B-29
    • Yokosuka Ohka – piloted glide bomb called BAKA, or idiot, by the allies. It was very difficult to stop
    • Ki-167 or Kiruy To-Go – Bomber with a 3 ton thermite bomb
    Specialized Aircrafts
  • 11.
    • Went on from late March through June 1945
    • First Kamikaze attacks took place during the battle on April 6-7
    • 1465 Kamikaze attacks flown from Kyushu
    • Attacks sank 30 American ships and damaged 164 others
    Battle of Okinawa
  • 12.
    • There were other units and weapons used by the Kamikaze soldiers
      • Explosive speed boats
      • Suicide torpedoes called “Kaitens”
      • Suicide midget submarines
      • Suicide divers carrying explosives
      • Suicide infantry men carrying anti-tank mines
    Other Tactics Kamikaze Kaiten
  • 13.
    • Continued to be active until the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    • The commander of the Kamikazes, Admiral Takijiro Onishi, committed suicide when receiving the news of Emperor Hirohito’s surrender
    The Fate of Kamikazes
  • 14.
    • 5000 Kamikaze pilots launched
    • 36 American ships and landing crafts sunk
    • 368 American ships and landing crafts damaged
    Total Statistics
  • 15.
    • The ideology of Kamikaze carried on into other cultures
    • Germans used similar tactics during World War II such as suicide ground-attack pilots
    • Al-Qaeda also adopted some Kamikaze ideas in both their first and second attacks on the World Trade Center
    Kamikaze Legacy
  • 16. The End