The Kaiten (Japanese: 回天, translated "Change the World" or "Reverse Destiny") was a torpedo that was changed to become a suicide weapon, and used by the Navy of the Empire of Japan in the last months of the Second World War. It was basically a torpedo with a pilot, and it could be thrown from a submarine or a ship.
The Kaiten was not very effective. Out of more or less 100 attacks made with them, only two enemy ships were sunk.
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- Kaiten Memorial Museum
- Kamikaze Submarine
- USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
- US Navy Historical Center
- Pictorial account of types 1 and 2 kaitens
- The Kaiten Mark II at the New Jersey Naval Museum in Hackensack, NJ
- Humantorpedo 回天 Kaiten (Japanese)
- Sheftall, M.G. (2005). Blossoms in the Wind: Human Legacies of the Kamikaze. NAL Caliber. pp. 480pp. ISBN 0-451-21487-0. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000EUKRAY/.