BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Enter the Giretsu

BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC

Our Giretsu (unsurpassed loyalists) special attack airborne units, commanded by Captain Michio Okuyama, daringly landed amid the enemy in Kita and Naka airfields on the main Okinawa Island. . . . Upon landing they promptly blasted grounded enemy aircraft, munitions depots and airfield installations in rapid succession and are achieving great war results by throwing the enemy into confusion—Japanese Communiqué.

It was a bright, moonlit night when antiaircraft guns around Yontan airstrip in west central Okinawa burst into their barking din. A brisk enemy air raid was on. Suddenly,...

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