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  • VIDEO: Kamikaze Attack In 1945

    "This is incredible actual footage during the 80-minute attack on the USS Laffey. About the best naval footage ever shot by a Navy cameraman. The camera was in the gun turret under attack. The USS Laffey, "the ship that would not die", was hit by 6 Kamikazes and 4 bombs, but remained afloat after an 80 minute battle that included 22 Kamikaze attacks"
  • 13th century Mongolian ship Kublai Khan sent to invade Japan found

    07/03/2015 9:45:02 AM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 20 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 3 July 2015 | Julian Ryall
    Archaeologists have discovered the wreck of a Mongolian ship that was part of a fleet dispatched by Kublai Khan to invade Japan in the 13th century. The ship is the second to be located off southern Japan from two massive armadas – each reputedly made up of more than 4,000 ships and with an invasion force of 140,000 men – sent by the emperor of the Yuan Dynasty to conquer Japan in 1274 and 1281. Both invasion fleets were destroyed by devastating typhoons, with the storms going down in Japanese history as "kamikaze", or divine wind, that saved the nation...
  • Marines launched a ‘kamikaze’ drone from an Osprey aircraft

    04/17/2015 10:10:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/17/15 | Dan Lamothe
    Flying a kamikaze drone armed with explosives from the back of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft, and directing it right into the insurgent’s fighting hole. The Marines tested a small unmanned aircraft known as the Switchblade recently at Twentynine Palms, Calif., flying it directly at targets from both the ground and the back of the Osprey, a long-range aircraft that has rotors like a helicopter, but can fly like a plane once they rotate forward. They were “inert,” with no explosives on board, but the mission went off without a hitch, said Col. James Adams, commanding officer of Marine Aviation Weapons...
  • Mark Levin: Karl Rove spells his name in honor of Karl Marx

    Frustrated with a Republican Party that seems hellbent on passing amnesty, and unwilling to substantively confront Obama with respect to the crisis on the southern border– Levin wonders if Karl Rove spells his first name in honor of Karl Marx… "Now, I know people spell their names differently– Karl with a ‘K’. I get that. You know who else spelled Karl with a ‘K’? " If you’ve ever wondered why GOP strategery seems like it’s been outsourced to an Indian call center– it’s because it has. (SNIP)
  • Japanese Films about WWII Spark Controversy

    04/14/2014 11:57:40 AM PDT · by Saint X · 84 replies
    USNI News ^ | April 14, 2014 | USNI News
    A film about kamikaze pilots has been playing to packed theaters from Hokkaido to Kyushu since its release in December of 2013, becoming one of the top-grossing Japanese productions of all time. In addition to attracting the admiration of Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, “The Eternal Zero” has drawn a fair amount of criticism for being the latest in a string of recent films that mythologize the Japanese role in World War II.
  • Mysterious markings on Japanese kamikaze flying bomb baffle museum experts

    01/02/2014 1:44:59 PM PST · by virgil283 · 65 replies
    dailymail ^ | 2 January 2014 | Hugo Gye
    "A museum is appealing for experts to help them decipher mysterious codes written on the side of a World War Two kamikaze plane....The model held by the Fleet Air Arm Museum is believed to have been captured by Allied troops in the Pacific....They were fixed to the underside of bomber planes, before being flown up to a height of 12,000ft and released. The vessels would be piloted by suicide pilots, who aimed for Allied ships and would inevitably die on impact. They could travel unaided for 21 miles, reaching a maximum speed of 475mph. Only 800 of the aircraft were...
  • Suicide Drones Blow Up With Their Target

    08/17/2013 2:18:34 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 28 replies
    Discovery ^ | 8/16/13 | Eric Niiler
    Killer drones are getting lighter, smaller and cheaper in order to keep their place on the battlefield as defense budgets are cut and as the U.S. military pulls out of Afghanistan. The latest twist: “kamikaze” drones that blow up along with their intended target. Two devices were on display at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) trade show in Washington, DC, this week: Textron System’s Battlehawk and Aerovironment’s Switchblade. Both are hand-launched devices that can be carried in a small backpack. The Battlehawk is made of carbon-fiber wings that curl up into a 22-inch tube launcher. The 5.5-pound...
  • Are Republicans Already Blowing the Next Election?

    12/03/2012 4:56:26 AM PST · by teflon9 · 38 replies
    The New Republic ^ | December 3, 2012 | John B. Judis
    In the beginning, [Club for Growth] targeted liberal Republicans ..., but it now extends to politicians like Lugar, Capito, Saxby Chambliss and even ... Speaker Boehner, who [normally] would be considered conservative. The Club and its allies see themselves as “insurgents” against a Republican “establishment” ... Republicans, Ramesh Ponnuru wrote in National Review, have to [be] “the party of middle-class economic interests.” “It won’t kill the country if we raise taxes on millionaires a little bit,”... Bill Kristol opined. But the Club and its network blame the Republicans’ and Romney’s defeat on their not being conservative enough. “The first lesson”...
  • Peres: Abbas' Statement is Courageous

    11/03/2012 12:20:13 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    President Shimon Peres on Saturday saluted as "courageous" remarks by Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas in which he appears to relinquish the demand for a "right to return" of PA Arabs to their former homes in what is now Israel. "Abu Mazen's courageous words prove that Israel has a real partner for peace," Peres said in a statement, referring to Abbas by his "kunya" name. .....
  • Kamikaze Small Plane Pilot Hits Tampa's Tallest Building

    01/05/2002 11:00:54 PM PST · by stuck_in_new_orleans · 66 replies · 719+ views
    A fifteen-year-old student pilot apparently trying to recreate the 9/11 kamikaze attack on the World Trade Center slammed a stolen Cessna 172 private airplane Saturday into Tampa, Florida's Bank of America building, the city's tallest structure. Charles J. Bishop, a 15-year-old flight student from Great Britain, stole the small aircraft from Albert Whitted Municipal Airport in nearby St. Petersburg at about 5 p.m., law enforcement sources said. Bishop was killed as the Cessna carrying 56 gallons of fuel slammed into the Bank of America tower, leaving the tail section of the plane dangling precariously from its side. The fuel did ...
  • Owner of A/C That Crashed Into Tampa Building Was Publically Pro-Arab!!!.

    01/05/2002 2:13:06 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 295 replies · 5,465+ views
    Part of article from St. Pete Times after Sept 11. "Robert C. Cooper, president of National Aviation Flight School and Aviation Rentals, stressed that the extra security cannot be done at the expense of those of Middle Eastern descent. "I don't want to get involved in profiling," he said. "I have faith in my government. I have to work on the belief that my government has basis to allow them into the country and show them proper respect." end of article. Cooper is head of National Aviation Holdings that owned A/C. Many Florida flight schools train Arab students. Wonder if ...
  • Ship from failed Mongol invasion found off Japan

    10/25/2011 10:40:24 PM PDT · by FritzG · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 Oct 2011 | BBC
    The wreck of a ship thought to have taken part in a failed Mongol invasion of Japan has been found off the Japanese coast. A team of researchers uncovered a 12-metre (36ft) section of keel buried in deep sand off Nagasaki prefecture. They said it was the first time such a large piece of hull had been recovered from the Mongol invasion fleets. The 13th Century attacks on Japan were a rare setback for the Mongols at the height of their powers. Experts expressed surprise that the wreck was so well preserved after so many centuries on the seabed. The...
  • Anti-whalers launch kamikaze operation (Sea Shepherd pumps up next season's show)

    10/03/2011 4:41:12 AM PDT · by tlb · 36 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | October 03, 2011 | Tamara McLean
    RADICAL anti-whaling operation Sea Shepherd is promising dramatic attacks against Japanese whalers in coming months, with volunteers warning they're prepared to die for the cause. The group has announced "Operation Divine Wind" against the Japanese whalers, who plan to begin their annual hunt in the Southern Ocean in December. Sea Shepherd leader Paul Watson promised on the group's Facebook page a "very dramatic and adventurous three months beginning in December". The Sea Shepherd has become increasingly successful in recent years at disrupting the Japanese fleet. Angered by the campaign, which reduced the catch, the Japanese government has injected $US27 million...
  • Norway terror suspect described as Christian fundamentalist (Christian bashing season is on)

    07/23/2011 6:50:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies · 1+ views
    Asian Image ^ | 07/23/2011
    The death toll from attacks in Norway has risen to 91 with police also confirming they have arrested a suspect whom they described as a 'right-wing Christian fundamentalist'. In a press conference police said that they had arrested Anders Behring Breivik, 32, on suspicion of carrying out the Oslo bombing and the youth-camp shooting rampage. Norwegian Breivik, did not appear to be linked to Islamist terrorism. The suspect appeared to have acted alone and police said "it seems like that this is not linked to any international terrorist organisations at all". Internet postings "suggest that he has some political traits...
  • Suicidal Swiss man crashes plane into mother's house (family feud gone postal)

    07/18/2011 11:30:17 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 07/18/11
    Suicidal Swiss man crashes plane into mother's house A Swiss man rang his mother from the cockpit of a rented plane to say he was about to 'drop in' – then crashed the aircraft into her house. 6:16PM BST 18 Jul 2011 Suicidal Konrad Schmidt, 47, launched the kamikaze attack on estranged mother Rosemary after terrifying neighbours with three low-altitude fly-pasts. He then flew the twin-engined light aircraft directly through her first floor bedroom window. Mrs Schmidt, 69, miraculously survived because she was in the basement of her home in the village of Oberhallau at the time on Sunday afternoon....
  • Navy veteran recalls kamikaze attack at Battle of Okinawa

    12/13/2010 6:48:56 AM PST · by FredJake · 16 replies ^ | 12/8/2010 | Joe Newby
    Kamikaze - a Japanese word meaning "divine wind" - was a last-ditch effort by the Japanese to stop the Allied advance in the Pacific during World War 2. Pilots, mostly young students, gladly volunteered for suicide missions out of a strong sense of duty to their Emperor. Most of us know of the kamikaze through documentaries or old videos. But the suicide attacks were very real for Grove Schoolcraft, 85, of Sandpoint, Idaho. In fact, the ship he served on as a signalman, the USS PC-1603, was struck twice at the Battle of Okinawa, and scuttled on May 26, 1945....
  • Vandalism of USS Emmons Sparks Outrage

    09/28/2010 7:59:34 AM PDT · by Stonewall Jackson · 4 replies ^ | September 23, 2010 | Matt Sanchez
    The USS Emmons served the United States proudly through World War II, right up until April 6, 1945, when it was attacked by five kamikaze pilots off the coast of Okinawa. One day later, the U.S. Navy sank the destroyer to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Japanese.
  • The Real Danger of the Ground Zero Mosque

    09/24/2010 5:03:35 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 19 replies
    The West, Islam and Sharia ^ | September 24, 2010 | Professor John Ellis
    The main argument against building the Park51 (Ground Zero) mosque adjacent to Ground Zero has been that its placement would be a lasting affront to the memory of the Americans who died at the hands of Muslim terrorists. And that argument is certainly sufficient by itself. But it is not the most important argument against a mosque in that location. To understand what is, we must remember what happened the last time we fought against suicide bombers, who, like their contemporary Muslim counterparts, were inspired by what they felt to be a divine mission. In the Second World War, Japanese...
  • Emperor Obama and the Kamikaze House Democrats

    03/11/2010 3:29:08 AM PST · by Scanian · 12 replies · 894+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 11, 2010 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    "I am not going on this mission for the Emperor or for the Empire...I am going because I was ordered to." These words were spoken by one of Japan's first kamikaze pilots, Lieutenant Yukio Seki, after being compelled to volunteer for a suicide mission. Though apprehensive, the pilot maintained the insight to comprehend that "Japan's future was pale if it was forced to kill one of its best pilots." So it is in Washington, D.C. as a "divine wind" blows through the nation's capital. Although in the majority, Democrats are experiencing decreased capacity to successfully wage political war. Disregarding plummeting...
  • Film, Museum Spark Interest in Kamikaze

    07/08/2007 1:10:35 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 39 replies · 750+ views ^ | Jul 8, 11:26 AM EDT | JOSEPH COLEMAN
    CHIRAN, Japan -- Lt. Uchida faced a terrifying mission - crash his plane into a U.S. warship. But the young kamikaze's final letter was full of bravado. "Now I'll go and get rid of those devils," vowing to "bring back the neck" of President Roosevelt. But for an increasingly bold cadre of conservatives, Uchida's words symbolize just the kind of guts and commitment Japanese youth need. The suicidal flyers are glorified in a film by Tokyo's governor, a well-known nationalist. A museum about kamikazes gets 500,000 visitors a year. The hero-worship of the kamikazes coincides with a trend seeing the...
  • Okinawa and Us [Kamikaze pilots were suicide bombers]

    04/27/2007 11:55:19 AM PDT · by syriacus · 53 replies · 1,191+ views
    New York Sun ^ | April 27, 2007 | Editorial
    The district attorney of New York County, Robert Morgenthau, called the other day to say that he'd appreciated the editorial about the Copperheads. It wasn't just the substance of the editorial that had caught his eye, he said, but the historical tone, and he suggested we take a similar look at the battle of Okinawa. We perked up because Mr. Morgenthau is an old salt himself, having had a destroyer* torpedoed out from under him and sunk in the Mediterranean and then, in the Pacific, had another destroyer ** torpedoed, but not sunk, and later, when he was still on...
  • Kamikaze missions for pilots?

    04/03/2007 4:27:57 AM PDT · by Cornpone · 15 replies · 624+ views
    News24 (South Africa) ^ | 3 April 2007 | News24
    London - British fighter pilots were asked by a military chief to consider flying suicide missions as a last resort to stop terrorists, the defence ministry acknowledged on Tuesday. Air Vice-Marshal David Walker told crews to consider the scenario at a training conference, Britain's The Sun tabloid newspaper reported. Walker asked pilots what they would do if they suffered weapons failure as they pursued terrorists attempting to fly an aircraft into a British city, or as they chased ground vehicles carrying militants to a target. "Would you think it unreasonable if I ordered you to fly your aircraft into the...
  • Tancredo fires back at Fla. guv Colo. congressman accuses Jeb Bush of 'happy talk'

    11/30/2006 8:30:21 AM PST · by Dane · 127 replies · 2,485+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | November 30, 2006 | Tillie Fong
    Tancredo fires back at Fla. guv Colo. congressman accuses Jeb Bush of 'happy talk' By Tillie Fong, Rocky Mountain News November 30, 2006 U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo on Wednesday accused Florida Gov. Jeb Bush of spouting "politically correct happy talk" in a war of words touched off by the congressman's swipe at the city of Miami as resembling a "Third World country." In a letter responding to a blast from Bush, Tancredo said the governor did not recognize illegal immigration as a problem in Miami. "I certainly understand and appreciate your need and desire to create the illusion of Miami...
  • Mid-Air Collision of Glider and Jet near Reno: ASG-29 vs. Hawker XP800 (Pictures)

    09/02/2006 8:04:12 AM PDT · by kylaka · 26 replies · 4,000+ views
    Zawodny's Website ^ | 09-01-06 | Jeremy Zawodny
    Akihiro Hirao, a visiting pilot from Japan, towed out from the Minden-Tahoe airport in an ASG-29 (one of the hottest new German sailplanes, a similar one is pictured at the right). A few hours later, he collided with a Hawker XP800 (a fast business jet) around 15,000 feet (different reports have published numbers between 13,000 and 16,000) that was descending to land at the Reno after a brief flight up from San Diego. The impact was dramatic. The Hawker was traveling at roughly 300 knots (well over 300 miles per hour) and it completely destroyed one wing of the glider...
  • Glider and Private Jet Collide Mid-Air

    08/28/2006 7:03:19 PM PDT · by Turbopilot · 64 replies · 3,015+ views
    KOLO TV ^ | 8-28-2006 | James Steiner
    A mid-air collision between a private jet and a glider on Monday afternoon leaves the pilot and crew safe but the glider and its occupant(s) missing. Authorities say the jet was travel ling at 300 knots when it collided with the glider over Douglas County about 3 PM Monday afternoon They say the pilot and his crew had to make an emergency landing without landing gear at the Carson Airport. They had just received clearance from the tower to descend to 12,000 feet. The plan has received major damage to the nose of the aircraft, and it is not known...
  • Samuel Byck (Vanity)

    04/04/2006 9:25:30 PM PDT · by Ptarmigan · 223+ views
    Before the jumbo jets crashing into the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and field near Shanksville on September 11, 2001, there was another psychopath who wanted to hijack an airplane and crash it into the White House in 1974. His name is Samuel Byck. He was a man struggling and a ticking time bomb. He sent weird taped messages to people like Jonas Salk and Leonard Bernstein. He saw the political system as corrupt and started venting his anger at President Ricard Nixon. He threatened him starting in 1972. He even protested in front of the White House on Christmas Eve...
  • Culture Clash, Public Order and How the War is Fought

    12/06/2005 11:53:50 PM PST · by Hunden · 350+ views ^ | 4 December 2005 | Jim Dunnigan
    Americans in Iraq quickly discover that they are in a different culture. It's a violent culture, where the public order we take for granted in the U.S. does not exist in many parts of the country. What is going on here? Don't the Iraqis appreciate our efforts to liberate them from Saddam Hussein's cruel rule? Well, most Iraqis do, but a sizable number want to bring back the good old days (for them), and are taking advantage of some aspects of Arab culture to make it so. Understand this, and you understand what is going on in Iraq.  Iraq has been a violent...
  • T.R. Fahrenbach: One V-J observation: Suicide missions don't work

    08/21/2005 5:37:13 PM PDT · by Lando Lincoln · 29 replies · 1,030+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 21 August 2005 | T.R. Fahrenbach
    One evening 60 years ago this past week, two friends and I got drunk. This was the day the official surrender of the Japanese Empire was broadcast. Now, crowds in London might have cheered the end of war in Europe, and maybe they were celebrating the fall of Japan on Broadway. Where we were, I do not remember anybody cheering. It had been a long war, and we were tired. I was then platoon sergeant of a roughhouse, special 72-man separate platoon. "(Sep)" in our designation meant we could operate independently. We were over strength and carried two officers. I...
  • Every August the Ghouls Come Out

    08/08/2005 6:20:26 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 2 replies · 289+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 8/08/05 | Purple Mountains
    I have always despised authors who write books outing dead people who can’t defend themselves. I feel the same way about the books that come out every August castigating President Truman for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Once again, let’s review some facts. Truman was facing intelligence estimates that an invasion of Japan would cost a million American and many more than a million Japanese casualties. These estimates were based on known plans of Japanese defenders and the bloody results of the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Okinawa, a home island of Japan, resulted in more than...
  • Kamikaze attacks posed a perilous threat off Okinawa

    03/30/2005 8:36:29 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies · 415+ views
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | March 27, 2005 | Ben F. McDonald
    In the early months of 1945, I joined the USS Wichita, a heavy cruiser, via a Jacob's ladder. I was the ship's newest and greenest ensign. The ship was engaged in beginning the battle for Okinawa. Our duty was to cruise slowly offshore and lob 8-inch and 5-inch shells into Japanese positions on shore to support the Army and Marine landings. In cadet school, I had been trained in communications. Naturally, I was assigned to the gunnery division and placed in command of four batteries of 40 mm. guns located on our fantail. There were also several 20 mm. guns...
  • The Koryo-Mongol Allied Invasion of Japan - The Myth of Kamikaze

    03/27/2005 1:13:08 PM PST · by Destro · 1 replies · 538+ views ^ | Lee Wha Rang
    The Koryo-Mongol Allied Invasion of Japan - The Myth of Kamikaze Lee Wha Rang Allied armies of Koryo and Kublai Khan invaded Japan in 1274 and 1281. Both invasions failed at the hand of Mother Nature. The sword wielding samurais of Japan were no match for the invaders, who were armed with gun-powder canons and superior fighting tactics. The invaders succeeded in landing on Kyushu after occupying Tsushima and other nearby islands. But gathering storms forced the invaders to pack up and leave.
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers Harold Campbell & the USS MISSOURI - (4/11/1945) - May 5th, 2004

    05/05/2004 12:00:29 AM PDT · by SAMWolf · 176 replies · 1,697+ views ^ | 4-28-2004 | B.J. REYES
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. Welcome to "Warrior Wednesday" Where the Freeper Foxhole introduces a different...
  • McClintock begins the air portion of his campaign

    09/10/2003 8:47:44 AM PDT · by Registered · 218 replies · 276+ views
    Registered ^ | 09.10.03 | Registered
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers the Invasion of Japan - Operation Olympic(11/1/1945) - Aug. 15th, 2003

    08/15/2003 12:00:16 AM PDT · by SAMWolf · 93 replies · 3,045+ views ^ | Haile H Jaekel/James Martin Davis
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. God Bless America...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members...
  • Two Qantas Attendants Stabbed in Mid-Flight Scuffle

    05/29/2003 1:43:02 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 69 replies · 421+ views
    <p>SYDNEY, Australia — A man shouting threats used a sharpened wooden instrument to try to force his way into the cockpit of a domestic Qantas (search) flight Thursday, stabbing two flight attendants in his attempt, the government said.</p> <p>The plane had departed the southeastern city of Melbourne (search) for the southern island of Tasmania when he tried to storm the cockpit, Transport Minister John Anderson told reporters in a hastily arranged press briefing.</p>
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers Fighting the Kamikazes (1944-1945) - May 23rd, 2003

    05/23/2003 5:37:11 AM PDT · by SAMWolf · 168 replies · 8,313+ views
    Dear Lord, There's a young man far from home, called to serve his nation in time of war; sent to defend our freedom on some distant foreign shore. We pray You keep him safe, we pray You keep him strong, we pray You send him safely home ... for he's been away so long. There's a young woman far from home, serving her nation with pride. Her step is strong, her step is sure, there is courage in every stride. We pray You keep her safe, we pray You keep her strong, we pray You send her safely home...
  • After nearly 60 years, man receives Purple Heart

    04/05/2003 5:35:04 AM PST · by Pern · 1 replies · 110+ views
    The Advertiser, Lafayette, LA ^ | April 5, 2003 | AP
    <p>SHREVEPORT (AP) — It took almost 60 years, but William Hunter has finally received a Purple Heart for his service in World War II. Chunks of shrapnel dug into Hunter’s arms during a kamikaze attack on his Navy ship, the USS Suwannee, on Oct. 25, 1944.</p>
  • Lest we Forget... December 7, 1941

    12/07/2002 10:34:20 PM PST · by Action-America · 23 replies · 759+ views
    Action America ^ | 12/7/02 | John Gaver
    Lest we Forget...December 7, 1941A day that will live in infamy...   USS West Virginia in fire in Pearl Harbor Shortly before 8 AM on December 7, 1941, the Japanese Navy, employing the largest naval attack force ever assembled, launched an unprovoked, sneak attack on the US Pacific Fleet, that lay at rest at Pearl Harbor and on surrounding military bases.  Within short order, 5 of the 8 battleships docked on "Battleship Row" were either sunk or sinking and the rest were severely damaged.  Several other smaller ships and most of Hawaii's combat aircraft were damaged or destroyed, as well. ...
  • The Mysterious Minds of the Suicide Bombers

    11/30/2002 8:27:05 AM PST · by Loyalist · 18 replies · 310+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | November 30, 2002 | Doug Saunders
    NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. -- Shortly before a 24-year-old university student named Hayashi Tadao piloted his airplane on a one-way trajectory toward the Pacific on the final day of the Second World War, he wrote a poem to explain why he had chosen to become one of history's first airborne suicide bombers. It ended: Why should we hesitate to give our lives to Stupid Japan. Indecisive Japan. You, although quite foolish. Us, who belong to this nation, Must rise for your protection. Although he, along with about 3,500 other top students, had volunteered to join the tokkotai corps -- better known...
  • Archaeologists Find A Wreck Of The Kamikaze (Kublai Khan)

    09/08/2002 6:28:46 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 674+ views ^ | 9-7-2002
    Archeologists find a wreck of the kamikaze Vancouver Sun Saturday, September 07, 2002 Two ancient invasions on Japan were thwarted by mysterious storms that wiped out Mongol fleets. This 1896 painting depicts samurai battling Mongols during the first invasion, which was in 1274. In what marine archeologists are calling one of the greatest finds of all time, the remains of a ship that sank in one of history's largest sea battles has been located off the southern coast of Japan. Since last fall, Japanese archeologists have quietly worked beneath the waters off Takashima Island to retrieve the remains of a...
  • Notes from a suicide manual

    08/25/2002 7:38:40 PM PDT · by forsnax5 · 7 replies · 340+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday August 22, 2002 | Albert Axell
    The introduction of Japanese kamikaze pilots was one of the most dramatic developments of the second world war. But what motivated these young men to fly their fatal missions? There are some clues in the manual they carried in their cockpits for inspiration, and which is now published in English for the first time. Here are some extracts.
  • Hedgecock: Chinese training Iraqi Kamikazes to fly into Israeli nuke plant

    04/03/2002 9:27:36 AM PST · by Aquinasfan · 66 replies · 573+ views
    Rush Limbaugh program | 4/3/02 | Aquinasfan
    At around 12:50 eastern, Roger Hedgecock announced on Rush's show that his "sources" have told him that China is training Iraqi pilots to fly in to Israel's nuclear facility in the Negev desert.