August 18, 2019 HomeArticlesKamikaze Tactics – Insane or Rational? Kamikaze Tactics – Insane or Rational? 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Bin ladin ripped of kamikazes instead of ramming a plane on boats rammed it on twin tower building July 23, 2018 Reply Provoganda The bombing was ineffective because Japanese fighters refused to protect their bombers once engaged? You're really hard to follow sometimes. July 23, 2018 Reply Mansamusa17 T e n n o h e i k a b a n z a i July 24, 2018 Reply Colin Smith Lmfao i got the jal japan airline advert before this video!!!!!÷ 😘😂😂😂😂😂 July 29, 2018 Reply John D 4:20 ( xD ) Rubber ducky does not symbolize weakness, rather endurance. August 2, 2018 Reply Wray Day Wonder why Japan never tried to make their planes look like a U.S. plane. August 3, 2018 Reply Diego Torres So what if Kamikaze was implemented at the start of the war? August 6, 2018 Reply Daniel Shiao Was that… soviet womble? August 9, 2018 Reply Michael Rockford This all assumes that when they realized conventional attacks no longer made sense, that they had to continue the war effort. Although to mark these individuals as mad men is simply a mischaracterization, at that point in the war the Japanese could no longer mount a meaningful defense against the US Navy and should have surrendered rather than resort to suicide attacks. August 15, 2018 Reply Ted Brunst Lead to the development of the 3" /50 (76.2mm) Mark 27, 33, and 34 automatic radar aimed Anti-Air gun mounts. As was stated the 20mm and 40mm was to small to stop a determined Kamikaze. At the time the 3" shell was the smallest shell that the US navy could fit a VT proximity fuse to. I have watched the test videos of those guns and man they shoot quick like every 2 seconds. That's a Sherman Tank shell being shot every two seconds, every second when it is a twin mount. These AA mounts were used from 48 to the 80s. August 19, 2018 Reply Matt Bowen Also remember that often the cockpits and any other empty space in the aircraft were usually packed with explosives as well as the regular bombload and fuel August 19, 2018 Reply I just wanna stream and have a good time. This is a goldmine of a channel. Every video is amazing from start to finish. August 22, 2018 Reply dnimlarebil 4:07 I think your German accent is quite charming, loved the self-burn 😉 August 23, 2018 Reply Vic Rattlehead You did not count them the same way you did not count how many kamikazes were taken out by American aircraft and then how many were taken out by ship and then finally how many actually hit their target August 24, 2018 Reply Paul Hinds The special attack units for aircraft were the only still effective air units. The basic premise was faulty as the effect of higher naval losses was to harden American resolve (+hatred). This meant no hesitation for fire bomb raids and eventually atomic weapons. The invasion was already organized for September 1945. The losses hoped for by the Japanese military would have lead to actual destruction of the Japanese people. See Halsey's comments after Pearl Harbor. August 24, 2018 Reply Misaka Mikoto There isn't much data with the OHKA kamikaze planes so we can't reliably measure their full capabilities. It would be pretty interesting to see their performance of Japan didn't surrender after the nukes and the US actually went ahead with operation downfall. August 26, 2018 Reply K. I. A The plane cost a lot, if it's seriously damaged, or you're hit, you might as well try to damage your enemy however you can, cause you're already going to die or be captured. August 30, 2018 Reply David Denenny It's kind of surreal that my grandpa was an officer directing fire at kamikazes from a battleship and now I'm watching a video on it on YouTube… September 12, 2018 Reply Cernunnos Wild Germany had it's own suicide plane diver program. It was later scrapped. September 15, 2018 Reply BeaSt Eminem'S one was a legend September 20, 2018 Reply ProjectFlashlight612 The war was lost for Japan after their fleet carriers were sunk at Midway. Fighting on only delayed unavoidable defeat. Thus, every action taken by the Japanese Empire to continue the war from that moment to the 1945 surrender was irrational. September 23, 2018 Reply Jeff Moore How about volunteering for 25 missions in our 8th Air Force in 1943 or flying off Enterprise with less fuel than necessary to return? The biggest difference between the Japanese and other pilots in WW2 isn't what they volunteered to do, but the fact that the Japanese got a ceremony and drinks on the house before taking off! September 25, 2018 Reply Paul Roese so the argument could be made the Japanese should have made Pearl Harbor a suicide attack and could have won the war with bi planes? September 26, 2018 Reply Abu Troll al cockroachistan Can you do a video about Carbombs and Truck bombs Used on the battlefield For instance in modern day ISIS warfare if possible and how their effectives differs from Kamikazi planes used in the WW2 September 27, 2018 Reply spooky shadow hawk Without a Doubt, the Kamikaze Attacks were Extremely Effective, causing far more Damage to the American Navy than the Superbly Trained Pilots of the Japanese Imperial Navy at the beginning of the War ever did. Even adding in their Entire Fleet, the Kamikaze were still more Effective. The only down side to this, was it convinced the United States First to Firebomb Japanese City's, Then to first consider useing the vast stocks of poison gas America had, Mustard and Pospene, but this was rejected when the Atomic Bombs originally intended for Berlin, became available. If the Poison Gas had been used, over half the Japanese Population would have died. This became appropriate when it became known that the Civilian population was being trained as Kamikaze Fighters, the Civilian Population was Now a Legitimate Target as they were part of the Armed Resistance of Japan, Equal to their Military Forces. For the Japanese People, this was Tragic. One Firebombing attack on Tokyo killed between 100,000 to 400,000 people and burned out 17 Square Miles of Tokyo, actually worse than the Atomic Bombs were, a direct result of the Kamikaze Attacks. Once your Civilians become attack troops, they become a target of Military Importance and will come under the same forms of Attack as the Military. This is where the Kamikaze Attacks failed, they made Japanese Civilians part of the Japanese Military, which cost the Japanese people Dearly. September 29, 2018 Reply A Smith In the book BRUTE FORCE the author shows how the combat survival rate of Japanese pilots was extremely low anyways by the time the kamikaze tactics were adopted. October 7, 2018 Reply magicleopard1 Did somebody say die for the Emperor? October 8, 2018 Reply flahertyrick9188 I rather crash airplane than stab myself in stomach with sword or bonzi charge getting torn to pieces on some shithole island left to rot October 10, 2018 Reply paul kohler Great ! October 13, 2018 Reply Kilpatrick Kirksimmons "[Sub] liminal messages." I see what you did there, and I approve. October 18, 2018 Reply Alex Donnett Not insane if the cultural mindset is focused on the group not the individual. I read Samurai! by saburu sakai a japanese ace and when he talked about kamakaze attacks it seems there were many willing volunteers. November 3, 2018 Reply Sean Bryan During the Battle of Midway there were at least two instances of US pilots employing suicide attacks. The first was an Army B-26 that was pressed into service as a makeshift torpedo bomber in the initial attacks launched from Midway against the Japanese aircraft carriers. After dropping their torpedo the pilot did not veer off but instead attempted to ram the bridge of the Akagi. It passed over Akagi, narrowly missing the bridge, then burst into flames and crashed into the sea. The second was Marine Capt. Richard E. Fleming flying a Vindicator dive bomber attacking the heavy cruiser Mikuma. He missed with his bomb and his plane was damaged by AA fire so he attempted to ram the bridge of the ship. He missed the bridge and hit the after turret instead. The resulting fire was drawn into the air intakes for the engine room, causing an explosion of gas fumes below which killed all hands in the engine room. November 11, 2018 Reply Thisismyrifle the guy who came up with this idea was rationalthe guy who delivered the action was insane November 11, 2018 Reply ameanasaurus rex This is your best video so far. I learned so much that it changed my view on kamikaze attacks, which is something rare these days. November 15, 2018 Reply alejandro casalegno About the "Obsolete" biplanes…..a few years afther the WWII, in Korea the north korean Po-2 ,"Bedcheck Charlies" in US slang, were a serious problem in night attacks with grenates at the US airfields, destroying or dmaging many planes. November 20, 2018 Reply Alejandro López So the Imperial Navy was Chaotic Neutral November 23, 2018 Reply Your Muslim Brother Are kamikaze tactics still possible using mig 21 / Mig 25 and even Mig 29 planes? In particular against naval targets like destroyers? Is it realistic to be accurate enough with such fast planes? November 27, 2018 Reply Jonathan Simmons Can you imagine seeing what the Japanese are doing to protect they’re land, and coming to the realization of the measure of they’re resolve. Crazy November 28, 2018 Reply nofrackingzone The Kamikaze attacks hastened the end of the war for Japan. December 10, 2018 Reply Dan R The good pilots never made through practice. Sorry but someone had to say it. December 30, 2018 Reply John von Shepard zzz December 30, 2018 Reply Deanimator The Ohka should mostly be discounted since it could only be deployed from G4Ms, turning an already obsolescent, slow and poorly protected bomber into an utter sitting duck. Conventionally powered purpose built suicide aircraft were generally aerodynamically wretched. Combined with nearly untrained pilots, there would have been an even more appalling slaughter of Tokyo forces than actually happened. There would have been naval losses, but between ground attacks and the CAP, the outcome would still have been foreordained. January 3, 2019 Reply Probuilders Sanderv19v Nice video but after 15 minutes I fell asleep January 4, 2019 Reply Current Batches The Japanese were trading suicides of trained personnel for time at the end of WWII, knowing the war was lost. Similarly, Hitler traded the body fat of his population (starvation) to use potatoes for jet fuel at the end of the war, hoping for delay, but knowing the war was lost.The insanity has less to do with desperate tactics than continuing a war which was clearly lost. Any rational analysis shows the Axis was dead meat from pretty much early 1943; there were no strategic Axis offensives after that, they simply lost battles as dictated by the Allies.A pox on Hitler and Hirohito, in spite of the latter being a useful tool after the war. January 9, 2019 Reply Nick Spillman Anyone else wanna know more about that guy who does a regular torpedo run, and then kamikazes? January 10, 2019 Reply Jambon De Pays One thing about the naming mentioned at 4:00. It's actually not a coincidence at all that the characters happen to read "Kamikaze"; when writing in kanji, there are multiple readings possible for every word and Japanese naming conventions play up to that. Japanese names are not just denominations the way Western names are, most of them have a meaning conveyed through the specific kanji used to write the name (for example, the name "Ichiro" can be written 郎 or 朗, which respectively mean "first son" and "dawn"). "Kamikaze" means "divine wind" literally, and the term was used to refer to a typhoon which was said to have saved Japan from naval invasion by the Mongols. It's not hard to make the parallel with the threat of American invasion; "Shimpu Tokubetsu Kogekitai" was the official name used in reports and paperwork, but it was likely that the pilots used and took pride in the name as well. The Japanese army knew what they were doing when picked those specific kanji : ) January 13, 2019 Reply Karl Warner for people that eat raw fish, everything is rational. January 21, 2019 Reply Wouter Vos You're making up numbers to do this math.Why not use the data recorded by the military? January 27, 2019 Reply Dick Zuckerburg Well , consider the chance a Japanese dive bomber would have of sinking an American ship during the last year of the war. ……This airplane would have to get past the Grumman Hellcat fighters that the U.S. Navy now had plenty of. This is unlikely.Then it has to not get shot down by the U.S. ships that were now now using anti-aircraft with proximity fuses, also unlikely. after dropping the bomb what are the chances that pilot will get home alive? also unlikely. So…. if said pilot gets to the ship, he might as well steer the bomber right in to the target to make sure he doesn't miss. There was a method to the madness. February 4, 2019 Reply Håkan Rohdin Very interesting video. I have often thought about the effectiveness of the Kamikaze tactic. While it can be argued the tactic was working fairly well, I'm still surprised how inefficient it (as most bomb runs back then) really was. I wonder what would have happened had the Ohka seen further development, using a more powerful engine for higher speed and attacking in far larger groups. February 12, 2019 Reply Stephen Jacks In WW2 Battle of Kursk the Soviets defeated NAZI forces and lost twice as many men, aircraft, and tanks. However the Russians still had numerical advantage over German forces and mucho reserves for replacements. In Stalingrad Russians died for every square foot of territory. Of course the Germans would kill or enslave the Russian soldiers so … February 23, 2019 Reply Muffin Man “Not a Serious Threat…” >displays image of Soviet WombleLmao February 26, 2019 Reply Theodur Nayne The Cassin Young is now a floating museum right near me, it's cool to see it mentioned. February 28, 2019 Reply Lightplus Why didn't japanese just use guided missle instead of kamikaze? March 1, 2019 Reply Nick Werner Ok, so you have a ton of outdated, highly volatile planes, a bunch of green, inexperienced young men, and shitloads of meth, what do you do. March 6, 2019 Reply philpott kentucky The Japanese lost the war from the day they attacked Pearl Harbor. Even Admiral Yamamoto estimated 6 months of success for Japan, and then Japan`s eventual defeat. March 7, 2019 Reply i smell your soup Well the dive bombers oftanly had waist gunners so there whuld double the deaths March 15, 2019 Reply Afrodisiac Niemand sagte, dass Kamikaze nicht effektiv war, sondern komplett wahnsinnig verrückt. Aber heutzutage sind die Japaner so verrückt wie früher, aber der Unterschied ist 2D ggn 3D lol March 27, 2019 Reply when you pull out your dick and she pulls out hers Kamikazes did not have 100% accuracy There were dozens of planes shot down even while attempting to crash into their target March 30, 2019 Reply Evil Fingers Estimated 6,000 Kamikazes died in vain, their attacks neither slowed down or stopped the United States Navy from bringing the war to them. March 31, 2019 Reply Sawyer Northrop I thought it was fairly common knowledge that kamikaze attacks were brutally effective April 9, 2019 Reply Fred5612 But….The ones that didn’t suicide could bring the plane back? Wasn’t that more cost effective? April 9, 2019 Reply is da vog Interesting to hear that they were actually a response to the improbable nature of a regular attack, Its in most people's nature, to want to live depsite the odds being against you. I think even if a for sure suicide saves more lives, most people would actually prefer to try a standard attack because there are still odds that you could live. To be able to find people who decided that their life was insignificant enough to be sacrificed for their country and homeland is astounding. I think the biggest thing about these attacks are the fear it must've struck into the enemy. Knowing that these people are willing to fight to the absolute death. Going in selflessly, full suicide mode for their country… I think it's for that reason why American Generals felt it was such a good call to use the Atom bomb. (not saying i agree with that call) but to have an enemy that will go down to the death, fighting… It must've been a truly fearful sight. The Americans must've been fully convinced the atom bomb was the only way… Who knows if it was or wasn't. I really hope humanity never has to drop another nuke again, or never experiences another world war. To think my grandfather's generation, just two generations ago… This was the reality they knew. War truly is hell. April 17, 2019 Reply John Smith Is there a rationale behind using only a marginally higher kill ratio for interception when the pilots made no evasive maneuver? April 25, 2019 Reply acino ALLAHU AKBAR! Shit wait wrong kind of suicide attack. April 25, 2019 Reply sasa lenhart Is the plane model at 1:58 a wildcat or hellcat April 30, 2019 Reply Mihael Kyoleyan The Japanese pilots were not the first to use such tactics. Try to find some information related to the bombing runs against Sofia carried out by the Allies. Captain Dimitar Spisarevski shot down one strategic bomber with the conventional guns of his Messerschmitt and rammed another one to prevent as many bombs as he could to be dropped on Sofia. April 30, 2019 Reply Canadian Tuxedo Kamikaze training: Everybody pay attention, I'm only gonna show you this once May 3, 2019 Reply VersusARCH Well, depends on whether you are looking at it from the point of a high ranking Japanese officer or the actual Kamikaze pilot… May 3, 2019 Reply VersusARCH PS who are the Chapanese? May 3, 2019 Reply Vik Singh Even killshot will work..I guess. Edit: Hope you got the joke May 14, 2019 Reply Akash Bava Allahu akbar before it was cool. May 16, 2019 Reply Kyle Fogleman These were Inhumane people, brainwashed for dieng for sum jack*** in his mansion May 17, 2019 Reply Stephan Moore It’s crazy to think about, but the kamikaze really were an effective fighting force. If one kamikaze impacts a ship in the right place, it means one man can sink a single enemy ship. To the Japanese high command this was seen as a necessary sacrifice. The Japanese at that time were quickly running out of resources, so it basically drove them to think of new tactics to destroy more U.S. ships and bombers without losing a substantial amount of their own fighters which were in short supply. So sending one man to his death rather than sending hundreds of pilots to their deaths was seen as the most rational strategy to inflicting maximum damage on U.S. ships and bombers to avoid an invasion of the home islands. May 24, 2019 Reply Jacob Zondag For those interested in a Japanese version of the Kamikaze experience, there's an impressive movie on the subject: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0882797/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 May 31, 2019 Reply Jose Sanchez 02:57 That was the key observation June 2, 2019 Reply ivantheteribul 5:07 the Samurai had a saying: "Go into battle determined to die, and surely you will live. Go into battle hoping to live, and surely you will not." June 6, 2019 Reply Tom Elder The foundational reason this decision by the Japanese command to throw lightly trained, courageous suicide pilots against American forces was, at the time this was started, was arguably insane. The war against the United States was irretrievably and utterly lost. Japan had no path to winning. They could only mount a completely unsustainable effort to harass the enemy, in their cultural necessity to serve the emperor and empire with honor by dying. A far more sane approach (IMHO) would have been to sue for peace and make reasonable concessions to the USA for some end to the devastating hostilities. Japan was willing to lose their entire society to the Bushido "honorable death". Crazy. Courageous but pointless for Japanese societal survival. June 10, 2019 Reply Alexander Butler All the kamikaze did was create more broken hearts and more broken families. Militarily, it was a total failure. 6000 launched and not a single capital ship sunk. Durrrrrr. Maybe stop. Maybe stop after 400 b-29s destroy Tokyo and kill 100,000 people in one night. The strategic bombing campaign would have immolated the entire Japanese island and every city on it within months even with no nuclear weapons. Also the invasion would probably have proven far less costly than analysts thought. Coronet was supposed to cost 250,000 American lives. Lol. No. Just no. When you need teenage girls with sharpened bamboo stakes to repel battle hardened marines with fuc king flamethrowers and machine guns…youre not killing a quarter million of anything. How many died for the pride of a silly little man? Japanese are human too They probably just wanted it to stop. June 12, 2019 Reply Marreflaskan Mackan Most accurate human guided missile June 17, 2019 Reply Random Cat On The Internet when there no Anime at Japan and most of them are dying to kill themself by kamikaze since they born at the wrong timelines June 19, 2019 Reply atzuras ok if your conventional attack tactics are considered more suicidal and life waisting than riding a flying bomb to the enemy, you are doing something wrong. June 23, 2019 Reply Naum Rusomarov I loved the joke about mispronunciations. 🙂 June 23, 2019 Reply Wong Tik Ki Normal attack: 1 plane – 1 unguided bomb.Suiside attack: 1 plane = 1 guided missile. You tell me which is more effective. June 24, 2019 Reply DGARedRaven Hat off for your self-irony at 4:05 😀 July 5, 2019 Reply Sayori Salvato Kamikaze attacks: Insane to the allies but rational to the Japanese July 8, 2019 Reply 11B Retired Kamikaze was a despicable grand stunt brought up by Generals who never do suicide attacks! But they don't mind giving orders to young soldiers to do his bidding. July 14, 2019 Reply 11B Retired Then you wonder why we decided to use atomic bombs on Japan when they do Kamikaze on us. The bombs work! Japan surrendered and NO MORE KAMIKAZE ATTACKS! July 14, 2019 Reply scott šzabo the Germans organized Kamikaze style squadrons to crash into bridges on the Oder in order to curtail the Soviet advance July 18, 2019 Reply Mr. Ken There is NOTHING insane or rational about being utterly stupid! July 20, 2019 Reply Wray Day When a suicide attack is less suicidal …. you done goofed! July 27, 2019 Reply Franz Huber A kamikaze plane was the same as a drone of today minus one fatality per mission. July 31, 2019 Reply Robert Manfensen Aren't there actual military statistics on the number of Japanese Kamikaze sorties and couldn't this be compared to the actual result? It seems, and I could be wrong, that a loss of 60% due to fighter aircraft per sortie seems exceptionally high. Perhaps this should be qualified to the late war period? August 5, 2019 Reply Øystein A. I agree. What I would like to see is a movie about such a pilot with officers debating the tactic in cutaway scenes. Let us see the psychology that makes you sign up for it (I assume little direct force was used as that would be insanly dangerous as he could just fly off or "retarget"). August 8, 2019 Reply TheMrjohannes1995 The act of violence (war ect.) Is irrational and psycotic August 8, 2019 Reply Corey Brandt This is my favorite episode I’ve watched it 3 times August 9, 2019 Reply G J Resa Did you see the montemayor video on the battle of Midway? He says how a land based b24 from midway island attempted to crash land their plane into a carrier and was just narrowly avoided and that this impressed the Japanese greatly…maybe the inspiration for kamikaze was actually American? 😆 at this time there was no kamikaze attacks. 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