About IJN Yamato Mightest Battleship in History
|March 14th, 2007||#1|
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IJN Yamato Mightest Battleship in History info
Commissioned in December 1941, just over a week after the start of the Pacific war, Yamato served as flagship of Combined Fleet commander Isoroku Yamamoto during the critical battles of 1942. During the following year, she spent most of her time at Truk, as part of a mobile naval force defending Japan's Centeral Pacific bases. Torpedoed by USS Skate (SS-305) in December 1943, Yamato was under repair until April 1944, during which time her anti-aircraft battery was considerably increased. She then took part in the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June and the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October. During the latter action, she was attacked several times by U.S. Navy aircraft, and fired her big guns in an engagement with U.S. escort carriers and destroyers off the island of Samar.
Yamato received comparatively light damage during the Leyte Gulf battle, and was sent home in November 1944. Fitted with additional anti-aircraft machine guns, she was based in Japan during the winter of 1944-45. Attacked by U.S. Navy carrier planes in March 1945, during raids on the Japanese home islands, she was again only lightly damaged. The following month, she was assigned to take part in the suicidal "Ten-Go" Operation, a combined air and sea effort to destroy American naval forces supporting the invasion of Okinawa. On 7 April 1945, while still some 200 miles north of Okinawa, Yamato was attacked by a massive force of U.S. carrier planes and sunk.
After the war, the great battleship became an object of intense fascination in Japan, as well as in foreign countries. Yamato's remains were located and examined in 1985 and again examined, more precisely, in 1999. She lies in two main parts in some 1000 feet of water. Her bow portion, severed from the rest of the ship in the vicinity of the second main battery turret, is upright. The midships and stern section is upside down nearby, with a large hole in the lower starboard side close to the after magazines.
|March 22nd, 2007||#3|
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Mighty battleships are just BIG ass bullseyes for air power. I'm sure the fish appreciate her very much.
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|May 23rd, 2007||#5|
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In surface vs surface engagements yes, the Battleship was past its prime. However in Coastal Bombardment/off-shore artillery support role, those Big Guns could do wonders for the Infantry and Marines on the shore. So the BB wasn't completely useless in WWII.
Also BBs could throw up lots of FlaK and were essential in close-in carrier defense, especially the American BB whose AAA gun were superior to the Japanese.
"My center is giving way, my right is in retreat situation excellent. I shall attack." -Foch
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Last edited by mmarsh; May 24th, 2007 at 13:25.. Reason: grammer
|May 25th, 2007||#6|
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|May 25th, 2007||#7|
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We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation. ~Francois De La Rochefoucauld
|August 27th, 2007||#9|
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The bottom line is that if they could afford it, all 4 Iowa class battleships would probably still be active in the US Navy.
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|August 27th, 2007||#10|
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Most 'modern' battleships designs must have dated from pre-WW2 or early WW2, before the impact of air power was fully realised. However, consider that with sufficient foresight the big guns of the Battleships were designed to elevate to high angles and fire fragmentation shells (I think some of the smaller calibre weapons were indeed dual purpose).
Now consider how these ships and fleets were engaged, by closely packed squadrons of aircraft. Imagine the effect of a large 1.5t shell of the Yamato exploding within the vicinity of such a squadron using radar controlled range detonation. I expect several dozen of these shells could be fired off before a squadron could get within dive bombing range since they would be within range for 20 miles or more. This type of tactical AA fire would surely consign squadron style attacks to history and force aircraft to disperse and change their approach strategy. As far as I know no battleship ever had this ability, therefore their AA potential was never fully tested.
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