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Box-weasel
03-26-2005, 11:43 AM
Scene: Japanese commander briefing his kamikaze pilots:

"Today, honorable Samurai-Sen, you will dive your explosive-filled aircraft onto the Yankee aircraft carriers, killing yourselves and all aboard.

Any questions?"

One pilot raises his hand.

"Yes, you, Sakimoto, in the back."

Sakimoto--"WHAT, ARE YOU OUTA YOUR FREAKING MIND!!! ARE YOU GOING?"

Box-weasel
03-26-2005, 11:43 AM
Scene: Japanese commander briefing his kamikaze pilots:

"Today, honorable Samurai-Sen, you will dive your explosive-filled aircraft onto the Yankee aircraft carriers, killing yourselves and all aboard.

Any questions?"

One pilot raises his hand.

"Yes, you, Sakimoto, in the back."

Sakimoto--"WHAT, ARE YOU OUTA YOUR FREAKING MIND!!! ARE YOU GOING?"

Waldo.Pepper
03-26-2005, 02:14 PM
Cheech & Chong - a classic called Waitin for Dave.

Waldo.Pepper
03-26-2005, 02:14 PM
Cheech & Chong - a classic called Waitin for Dave.

Feathered_IV
03-26-2005, 05:15 PM
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Just reading Suicide Submarine by Yutaka Yokota. Its about the Kaiten human torpedoes used late in the war. At the start of training the co-inventor comes in and introduces himself and says, "I am Happy to meet you. Although I may not be with you long, because I hope for the honour of going on the Kaitens first mission, I will do my best to teach you everything I can in the time remaining to me."

Just thinking too about the plight of IJ pilots during the late war. If you know in your guts that you are going to die anyway. Either under the guns of some B-29 while trying to get into effective range or clawed out of the sky by hordes of Navy fighters. If you know that a death like that would be meaningless, wouldn't it be the only sane choice to volunteer for the Special Attack units and at least with your inevitable death have the chance to cost the enemy dearly? Maybe you'd even get a carrier. When you consider it that way, the actions of Kamikazes dosen't seem crazy or fanatical - just ruthlessly logical.

Feathered_IV
03-26-2005, 05:15 PM
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Just reading Suicide Submarine by Yutaka Yokota. Its about the Kaiten human torpedoes used late in the war. At the start of training the co-inventor comes in and introduces himself and says, "I am Happy to meet you. Although I may not be with you long, because I hope for the honour of going on the Kaitens first mission, I will do my best to teach you everything I can in the time remaining to me."

Just thinking too about the plight of IJ pilots during the late war. If you know in your guts that you are going to die anyway. Either under the guns of some B-29 while trying to get into effective range or clawed out of the sky by hordes of Navy fighters. If you know that a death like that would be meaningless, wouldn't it be the only sane choice to volunteer for the Special Attack units and at least with your inevitable death have the chance to cost the enemy dearly? Maybe you'd even get a carrier. When you consider it that way, the actions of Kamikazes dosen't seem crazy or fanatical - just ruthlessly logical.