One of the most deadly weapons in World War II wasn't a tank, huge artillary gun, or a big bomb(this was before the atomic bomb). The most feared was a crazy man, hurling himself at you in a plane not fit for combat, ready to end his life in a desperate attempt to end yours. Kamikazes didn't show up until the Battle of Leyte Gulf. It started when Vice Admiral Takijiiro Onishi, feeling desperate, ordered fellow Japanese to slam themselves into ships. The Japanese were defeated in the battle, but Onishi continued to order Japanese to kill themselves.
There were a ton of volunteers for the Kamikazes. Japanese believed defeat was worse than death and with this, the Kamikazes strived. The Japanese were starting to lose the war, and with these circumstances, the Japanese people started to fuel the Kamikazes. In the Japanese culture, a Kamikazi death would be honorable.
Two types of Kamikazi vehicles were used. One was a piloted warhead. The warhead was dropped by a bomber and piloted by the Kamikaze. The other type of vehicle that was used was a simple plane that carried 500 pounds of T.N.T.
Volunteers were speedily trained. They were celebrated upon and then rushed into the planes. They took off and watched the American warships from below. They were easy targets. The dying words of Kamikazes degraded Americans, but little would be heard.
Kamikaze decoys would lead the American planes away from the real Kamikaze threat. The Kamikazes would then go for the kill. No major warships were damaged in the 82 day Kamikaze assault. Only one was severely damaged; the Enterprise.
The Kamikaze battle was eventually over, but they did their damage. Thirty four American shps were sunk, and 288 were damaged. About 2,000 Allied casualties were suffered. Japan lost 1,228-4,000 planes and pilots.
The Kamikazes helped the Japanese cause, but wouldn't win the war. Japan had already dug it's own hole.