Suicide Squads

Suicide Squads

Axis and Allied Special Attack Weapons of World War II : Their Development and Their Missions

Book - 1984
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During World War II, missions involving experimental aircraft and naval vessels were often suicidal, sometimes intentionally so. Italian commandos of the Decima Mas pioneered the use of piloted torpedoes and other underwater gear to conduct a number of hazardous, but successful raids on British shipping in the Mediterranean. British midget submarines, or "x-craft, " were instrumental in the sinking of the German and Japanese super-ships Tirpitz and Togawa.Most famous of all were the Japanese suicide units of the late-war period. Most of these flew conventional aircraft intended to deliberately crash into Allied capital ships, although a purpose-built piloted bomb with rocket motor was also developed. In the event of an American amphibious assault on the home islands, the Japanese were prepared to launch a large number of suicide motor boats packed with explosives. The saga of the "suicide squads" is one of the most dramatic stories of the Second World War. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1984, c1981.
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books trade ed.
ISBN: 9780345304391
Branch Call Number: MC 940.54 ONE
Characteristics: 296 p., [4] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.


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