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WW2 Japanese Kamikaze 1/72 Scale Plastic Model Kit Red Box 72048

Theme: Military

Era : 1939-1945 WWII

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Figures

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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Kamikaze - "divine wind", the name of a typhoon that twice destroyed the ships of the Mongol armada of Khan Kublai on the approaches to the coast of Japan.
In the middle of the 20th century, the word "kamikaze" began to be used to refer to Japanese suicide pilots who appeared at the final stage of the Pacific War. "Kamikaze" is part of the broader Japanese term tokkotai, which refers to all volunteer suicide bombers (not just pilots).
The Japanese called such actions tokubetsu ko: geki tai - "special attack shock troops" or the abbreviation tokko: tai. The suicide pilot units were called shimpu tokubetsu ko: geki tai - "Divine Wind Special Strike Force". In English, the term "kamikaze" was fixed at the suggestion of translators from among the Japanese emigrants who served in the American army. Soon the Allied forces began to use the word "kamikaze" for all kinds of suicide attacks used by the Japanese. Today, the reading of the characters 神風 as "kamikaze" has returned to Japan and is accepted as a name for suicide pilots.
Distinctive features in the form of kamikaze pilots were a white scarf and a red sun flag (hachimaki).