A Glorious Way to Die: The Kamikaze Mission of the Battleship Yamato, April 1945

A Glorious Way to Die The Kamikaze Mission of the Battleship Yamato April The only book to dramatize from both the Japanese and Allied points of view the events surrounding this tragic historic last mission of the biggest battleship ever built in the history of naval warf

  • Title: A Glorious Way to Die: The Kamikaze Mission of the Battleship Yamato, April 1945
  • Author: Russell Spurr
  • ISBN: 9781557042484
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
  • The only book to dramatize from both the Japanese and Allied points of view, the events surrounding this tragic, historic last mission of the biggest battleship ever built in the history of naval warfare Chosen as a Main Selection of the Military Book Club.

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    • Pramod Nair says:

      Battleship ‘Yamato’ was the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleship ever constructed and it was a proud gem of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Commissioned in 1941, Yamato was Initially utilized as the flagship of the Japanese Combined Fleet and participated in the ‘Battle of Midway’ and ‘Battle of Leyte Gulf’. In 1945 when the Japanese naval force was seriously on the back foot in the Pacific, in a desperate attempt to regain some leverage and to slow down the [...]

    • A. Bowdoin Van Riper says:

      On April 29, 1945, the Japanese battleship Yamato left her anchorage in Kure harbor and headed for Okinawa, accompanied by a single light cruiser and eight destroyers. The official mission of “Special Attack Force 2”—raise as much hell as possible among the American invasion fleet, then beach the ships and join the defense of Okinawa—was strategically irrelevant and tactically dubious. The unofficial mission was clearer. Yamato, the largest battleship ever built, was the flagship and the [...]

    • Mark says:

      As a young tyke in the late 1970s I loved to watch the cartoon show "Star Blazers" which was about the space battleship Argo being the last hope to defend the Earth from an evil alien invader. It was not until much later that I found out this was actually a Japanese animated series called "Space Battleship Yamato". It was still later when I discovered that the Yamato was a real Japanese battleship sent out to fight the United States Navy in one last desperate attempt to defend the home islands f [...]

    • Stephen Phillips says:

      From the other reviewers I'm sure you can ascertain that the Battleship Yamato was the largest battleship ever put to sea. Based solely on literary quality, this book is ok. The author goes too much into the nitty-gritty. After about half way, the "story" really picks up and you do get a good sense of foreboding for the Japanese seamen who (spoiler alert) will be throwing their lives away to serve an outdated idea. As Americans, we're seldom given an opportunity into the "why" of Japanese cultur [...]

    • Sarah Crawford says:

      The subtitle is The Kamikaze Mission of the Battleship Yamato, April, 1945. In general, the book goes into the construction of the Yamato, the fights it was in, and its sinking by U.S. airplanes. It also goes into the fact that there was some opposition to the final mission of the Yamato, and that it was basically pretty much doomed from the moment it set sail on its final voyage.There was no aerial cover for the ship or the ones sailing with it, and the Japanese military just couldn't seem to u [...]

    • 'Aussie Rick' says:

      This was a very decent and well researched account of the final mission of the Japanese Battleship 'Yamato'. The story was told well and the author made good use of first hand accounts by the participants on both sides. The book shows that not all Japanese were fanatical in their desire to die for no good cause, a lot where soldiers/sailors doing their duty as they saw fit.The author presented some very interesting accounts of young Japanese sailors and of some young American pilots. It also off [...]

    • Debeehr says:

      A riveting, vivid account of the sinking of the great battleship Yamato in the closing days of WWII. The largest battleship ever built, Yamato was obsolete even before construction finished as aircraft carriers came to dominate naval operations. Spurr examines the context in which Yamato was sent on her suicide mission, and the thoughts and emotions of the men on all sides of the final battle.

    • Larry says:

      The death of the super-battlehip Yamato in a suicidal sortee at the end of World War II is ably (even movingly) recounted. The material on naval aviation is a distinct bonus, given that the Yamato was sunk by American fliers as the ultimate justification of the strength of naval air against battlewagons.

    • Loren says:

      An interesting and powerful book about the last mission of the Yamato - a legend in Japanese military tradition. The human look at the Japanese crew was especially intriguing, I've never seen that story told from that perspective and it makes it all the more powerful. It's a quick read but very interesting if you have any interest whatsoever in WW2

    • Rae says:

      We read this as a family in preparation for a trip to Japan and to the Yamato museum there. It fun to read it together. Yamato was the biggest battleship ever built and was sunk by the Americans in one of the final WWII Naval battles near Japan.

    • Lee says:

      Very well and painfully researched to show the whole picture of what went on from the both sides.

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