Academic journal article Military Review

KAMIKAZES, CORSAIRS, AND PICKET SHIPS: Okinawa, 1945

Academic journal article Military Review

KAMIKAZES, CORSAIRS, AND PICKET SHIPS: Okinawa, 1945

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KAMIKAZES, CORSAIRS, AND PICKET SHIPS: Okinawa, 1945, Robin L. Rielly, Casemate Books, Philadelphia, PA, 2008, 449 pages, $34.95.

Robin L. Rielly's Kamikazes, Corsairs, and Picket Ships: Okinawa, 1945 is a book about America's military defense against a fanatical suicide campaign in the seas around Okinawa in the waning days of World War II. This relevant book discusses the U.S. military's wartime response against a highly organized suicide campaign that was mounted using the latest weapons and technology and orchestrated by Japan's government and military. The U.S. Navy learned from this experience - and the resulting doctrine for fleet air defense has changed little since.

Rielly, a specialist in Japanese studies and author of a number of books brings a scholar's attention to detail to the task. The book is organized in a military history fashion; it introduces a topic then proceeds to descriptions of men and machines before addressing the campaign proper. By the time readers arrive at the chronological operational narrative of the campaign, they will be completely familiar with the intimate details and organizations of the opposing sides. This makes the book extremely useful as a reference resource.

In Chapter 3 the narrative takes off from an accountant-like discussion of tactics, techniques, men, and equipment. Rielly provides a day-to-day/blow-by-blow narrative of the entire campaign. In the final chapter, he takes a retrospective look at the campaign in a crisp "lessons-learned" fashion and highlights critiques raised earlier in the narrative. …

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