Initially relatively spared, as WWII in the Pacific reaches a climax, Taiwan is hit hard by advancing Allied forces. POWs in camps across the island await liberation and in modern-day Tainan, a Japanese commander assembles the first kamikaze unit on Formosa.
Cover image: Lt. Yoshinori Yamaguchi's Yokosuka D4Y3 (Type 33 Suisei) begins a suicide dive against the USS Essex on November 25th, 1944. The attack left 15 killed and 44 wounded. (Public Domain Photo)
Below: A plaque sits near the gate of the unkept and mostly forgotten single POW camp in south Taiwan... near Neipu Township in Pingtung County (Photo by Eryk Michael Smith)