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Kaiten: Japan's Secret Manned Suicide Submarine and the First American Ship It Sank in WWII

 
 
Author
Michael Mair & Joy Waldron.
Publisher Berkley  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 6 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780425272701
Pages/Publication Date 363/2014
Daedalus Item Code 61560
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In November 1944, as the U.S. Navy Third Fleet lay at anchor near Uthili Atoll, the oiler USS Mississinewa exploded. Japan's secret weapon, the Kaiten—a manned suicide submarine—had succeeded in its first mission. Kaiten was so secret that most Japanese naval commanders didn't know of its existence. The U.S. Navy kept it secret as well, and refused to salvage the sunken "Mighty Miss"; not until 2001, when a diving team located the wreck, would survivors learn what really happened. Historian Michael Mair, the son of a Mississinewa survivor, teams with journalist Joy Waldron to tell the full story, from newly revealed secrets of the Kaiten development and training schools to firsthand accounts of survivors in the wake of the attack, and the harrowing recovery efforts that came later.

"A crisp, persuasive narrative about a little-known but startling World War II attack.... Mair and Waldron portray the story from both perspectives, constantly building to a dramatic, fiery crescendo. Their profiles of American and Japanese sailors add poignancy to a compelling story of battle disaster, death, and survival."—David Sears

 
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