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Day of The Kamikaze

The History Channel November 10, 2016

This is the true story of the biggest and bloodiest suicide campaign in history. In 1945, Operation Ten-Go (Operation Heaven) lasted four months, involving more than 3000 planes, hundreds of rocket bombs, suicide ships, human torpedoes and the world's biggest battleship The Yamato. More than 7000 Japanese died, 400 Allied ships were hit and 5000 Allied sailors were killed in the largest suicide attack in history. Stylised re-enactments of the Kamikaze in action give an intense and visceral feel of what it was like for the pilots and sailors involved in the attacks. Photo real CGI re-enacts the horror of a Kamikaze attack. Newly discovered Japanese letters and diaries challenge the stereotype of the Japanese pilots as blood crazed, fanatical patriots who were happy to die. The programme includes never before seen Japanese archive film of Kamikaze training and preparations for attack and original colour film of The Day of the Kamikaze.

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