Suicide Squads: The Men and Machines of WWII Special Operations

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Sixty years ago, both Allied and Axis soldiers went to war in suicidal or near-suicidal machines. The men's bravery cannot be overestimated, nor can the ingenuity and desperation that led to the development of such hazardous crafts. Richard O'Neill's "Suicide Squads" tells the story of these special attack forces, focusing on the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy.O'Neill offers a detailed exploration (evolution, types, effect) of explosive motorboats (which offered "the prospect of spectacular gain at little cost"), midget submarines (Japanese, Italian, German, and British), manned as well as human torpedoes, human bullets, and kamikaze aircraft. He also describes the actions themselves -- the attack on Pearl Harbor, the raid on Sydney Harbour, special forces missions at Guadalcanal, Midway, and Okinawa, among others. And he provides insights into the samurai and bushido codes of conduct that inspired ritual suicide.

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Sixty years ago, both Allied and Axis soldiers set off on suicidal or near-suicidal raids. These men's bravery cannot be overestimated, nor can the resourcefulness and despair that led to the development of their crafts, which were so hazardous as to be properly described as suicide machines. Suicide Squads tells the story of these missions, focusing on the "special attack" operations - a euphemism for suicidal attacks - of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy. Military historian Richard O'Neill offers a detailed exploration - including the evolution, the types, and the effects - of explosive motorboats (which offered "the prospect of spectacular gain at little cost"), midget submarines (Japanese, Italian, German, and British), and manned aircraft, as well as human torpedoes, human bullets, and kamikaze aircraft. He also describes the actions themselves - the attack on Pearl Harbor, the raid on Sydney Harbor, and Special Forces missions at Guadalcanal, Midway, and Okinawa, among others. And he provides insights into the samurai and bushido codes of conduct that inspired ritual suicide. The story of these special attack forces remains a testimony to ingenuity, desperation, and courage. (6 x 9, 272 pages, b&w photos)

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