What is a “Kamikaze” and what does the word mean in Japanese?

Kamikaze means “divine wind” in Japanese.

The term was coined in 1281, referring to typhoons that wiped out a Mongol invasion fleet before it could arrive on Japan’s shores.

In the same way, the kamikaze hoped that their suicide missions would stop the Allies as they approached Japan.

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1 thought on “What is a “Kamikaze” and what does the word mean in Japanese?”

  1. ”the kamikaze hoped that their suicide missions would stop the Allies as they approached Japan.”

    Oh well…they failed ;-)

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