There's a book review that briefly mentions these as:

the case of the Japanese suicide bomb-infantrymen at Port Arthur during the 1904 – 1905 war with Russia.

A Reddit answer claims no such stuff happened though. (There are some quotes in that thread from some books on the 1904-1905 war, but while these mention ruinous frontal assaults, they don't mention any suicide bombing in that war.) So, what's the extent of knowledge on these? I can't seem to find much else about them.

  • It's odd: the 2007 book review reads like its comment is based on an eye-skip misreading of the Reddit post, conflating events in 1932 at Shanghai with those decades earlier at Port Arthur. Maybe the Reddit poster is paraphrasing from pre 2007 account that the reviewer misread? Feb 9 at 14:54
  • @kimchilover: the [2018] Reddit post didn't exist in 2007. That said, it's possible the review author made that confusion. Feb 9 at 15:01
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    A Later book here mentions infantry 'Human Bullets' being used to carry explosive charges into Russian lines..
    – justCal
    Feb 9 at 15:02
  • @justCal: not super convincing. The term/notion of Nikudan is discussed at more length in the Reddit quotes, but not as carrying explosive charges. Feb 9 at 15:08
  • Agreed. There is a book from 1907 which might relate, Human Bullets: A Soldier's Story of Port Arthur, By Tadayoshi Sakurai, but I have found no applicable reference to explosives so far.
    – justCal
    Feb 9 at 15:14


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