Monday, August 28, 2006

The Divine Wind

That is the literal translation of Kamikaze... The suicide bombing missions of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.

I was reading about it today and each line felt like a saga...

But the line that will stay with me forever is one made by a pilot, who escaped sure death, by luck and the grace of his commander. He says: "They used to tell us that the last words of the pilots were 'Long Live the Emperor!'. But I am sure that was a lie. They cried out what I would have cried. They called for their mothers."

References:

1. Wikipedia
2. The Times

P.S: After posting this article, I came across this paper. Letters written by various men to their families before they went out...

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