Yamato and Musashi Internet Photo Archive
Yamato and Musashi Internet Photo Archive
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WELCOME TO THE INTERNET'S YAMATO & MUSASHI BATTLESHIP PHOTO ARCHIVE! (EST. 08/2008)

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING NAVIGATION INSTRUCTIONS FIRST:

INDEX PAGE LINKS ARE LOCATED ABOVE THE INDEX PHOTOS ON LEFT. TO SEE INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS, CLICK ON EACH THUMBNAIL, THEN CLICK AGAIN ON THE ENLARGED PHOTO IN THE LOWER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THIS PAGE AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.

NOTE: TO LEARN ABOUT YAMATO'S EFFECTIVENESS IN BATTLE, READ ROBERT LUNDGREN'S SEMINAL WORK ON THE BATTLE OF LEYTE GULF: AMAZON PAGE:

'THE WORLD WONDER'D' - BATTLE OF LEYTE GULF by Robert Lundgren

YAMATO SHIRTS, POSTERS, MUGS, CAPS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE YAMATO ZAZZLE STORE:

BATTLESHIP YAMATO ZAZZLE STORE

All of the archive photos in this gallery were obtained by various researchers from the National Archives of the United States, and the US Navy Archives, and are in the Public Domain.

LINKS:

These will be of interest to all Yamato, Musashi, IJN, & warship fans:

IJN IN COLOR WEBSITE BY IROOTOKO_JR

MUSASHI EXPEDITION

CLASSICWARSHIPS.COM

IJN YAMATO - TABULAR RECORD OF MOVEMENT

THE ROBERT LUNDGREN HISTORICAL RESOURCE

MODEL WARSHIPS.COM

IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY PAGE (COMBINED FLEET)

MILITARY PHOTOS.NET

STEELNAVY.COM

IJN SHIP DOWNLOADABLE 'PERSONAS' FOR FIREFOX BROWSER

YAMATO'S FINAL BATTLE CGI FILM

YAMATO AT THE BATTLE OF LEYTE GULF CGI FILM

For a serious historical Pacific War discussion site, run by renowned historian Anthony Tully, co-author of "Shattered Sword - The Untold Story of The Battle of Midway", go here:

TULLY'S PORT

Finally, there are 3 indispensable books for any Yamato enthusiast:

Janusz Skulski-The Battleship Yamato-Anatomy of a Ship

Russell Spurr-A Glorious Way to Die - The Kamikaze Mission of the Battleship Yamato

Yoshida Mitsuru-Requiem for Battleship Yamato (An incredible survivor's account of the battle.)

A good reconstruction of Yamato as she appeared during her Final Sortie in April 1945 can be found at:

1:200 YAMATO MODEL

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Assembly at Dusk, March 30, 1945 - from the 2005 Japanese Film "Yamato"  
 
"We muster at quarters. All hands line up on deck in fatigues.

In the night, dark under blackout, the breathing of 3,000 men grows still.

The captain states the aim of the Ten'ichigo plan - to counter the American landing on Okinawa - and the mission of this vessel - to be the mainstay of the task force making the sortie; he voices his earnest hope that the men will all rise to the occasion and live up to the expectations of the entire navy.

The executive officer: 'The time has come. Kamikaze Yamato, be truly a divine wind!'"

Yoshida Mitsuru, "Requiem for Battleship Yamato"

Such empty exhortations aside, all of the 7000 sailors of this task force knew that they were being given a one-way ticket to their deaths.

Awaiting the Yamato and her 9 escort vessels near Okinawa were no fewer than 60 American warships, which included 12 aircraft carriers and 6 battleships.

Worst of all, with nearly all of the Japanese aircraft slated to take part in simultaneous Kamikaze missions against the American fleet, the Yamato's task force received no air cover. In any event such cover would have quickly been shot out of the sky by the by then far more skilled US Navy pilots flying superior fighter aircraft.

As Yoshida notes in his memoir, not one of them ever thought they would ever set foot on Japanese soil again.