Visual Tales of the Pacific War: The legend of Saburo Sakai

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I think the book about the biography of Saburo Sakai, an Ace pilot of the Imperial Japanese Navy, is very interesting, motivational and inspiring story. There are many episodes in the book that deserve special memories. One of them is when Sakai was injured and had to deal with his severe disability to return to his base.

In the following 90-seconds visual story, you can share with him that episode. Best watched in cinema mode.


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The book Samurai! was first published in 1957, is the war-time account of Saburo Sakai, the leading Japanese fighter ace to survive the Second World War. Sakai, born in 1916, hoped to escape the poverty of life in his rural village by enlisting in the Imperial Japanese Navy at age 16. The reports indicated that Sakai engaged in more than two hundred dogfights, from the Philippines to Iwo Jima, and by war’s end had reportedly downed a staggering total of 64 Allied aircraft. His most renowned accomplishment occurred after action over Guadalcanal in August 1942; partially paralyzed and nearly blind from multiple wounds, Sakai managed to fly his damaged plane 560 miles to Rabaul and safely land his Zero fighter. By the end of World War II he had logged 3,700 flight hours, including some 1,500 hours in the Zero.

This book contains data and photo history of the Japanese & American pilots who flew against each other in the Pacific. Photographs, diagrams & detailed research combined to entertain & educate readers of all ages. From past to present with modern photos of former rivals together decades after the war.

This book tells us the history of one of the most complex campaigns fought during the Pacific War. On November 1942: Japanese and American forces have been fighting for control of Guadalcanal, a small but pivotal island in Japan’s expansion through the South Pacific. Both sides have endured months of grueling battle under the worst circumstances: hellish jungles, meager rations, and tropical diseases, which have taken a severe mental and physical toll on the combatants. The Japanese call Guadalcanal Jigoku no Jima—Hell’s Island.


This is perhaps one of my favorite diorama and contains six A6M2 Zero on a portion of the Akagi carrier deck. It also includes 30 crewmen and two of the planes have motor engine that rotates. Even though Saburo Sakai did not pilot A6M2 based on carriers it is a nice diorama for the lovers of the A6M2 and naval air force of the Combined Fleet. A6M2 Type 0 Model 21, “Zero” Painted exact same design as those were on the deck of “Akagi”, an aircraft carrier and flag ship of the Imperial Japanese Navy for the attack on Pearl Harbor. Pasting printed sheet on the large display platform and place 6 “Zeros” on top of that. Flip a switch; propeller will start spinning and powerful diorama will look so real. (Battery box and switch is already installed).



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