Yamato and Musashi Internet Photo Archive
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Historian Anthony Tully, (co-author of "Shattered Sword - The Untold Story of The Battle of Midway"), Forum:

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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.)

Reconstruction of Yamato as she appeared during her Final Sortie in April 1945:

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Moment of Reckoning - Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 25, 1944.
Moment of Reckoning - Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 25, 1944. 
 
Yamato opens fire with her forward 18.1" batteries early in the morning of October 25, 1944.

Upon sighting the carriers and destroyers of Taffy 3 on the morning of October 25, 1944, Yamato opened up with her 6 forward 18.1" rifles at the distance of 20 miles.

According to the IJN YAMATO Record of Tabular Movement (linked at the index page): "YAMATO's F1M2 "Pete" spotter plane confirms that the first salvo is a hit. The carrier starts to smoke. Three six-gun salvos are fired on the same target, then the fire is shifted to the next carrier. It is concealed immediately by a smoke screen made by the American destroyers."

[The accuracy of these reports, given the distances quoted, is in question - see the discussion accompanying the following photo.]

The USN destroyers stage a heroic desperate counterattack using torpedoes and 5" gun fire that quickly take two Japanese cruisers out of action (one has her bow blown off by a torpedo fired by the USS Johnston), another is hit repeatedly on her superstructure by 5" shells as she stops to assist the first stricken cruiser.) Taffy 3 planes sink a second cruiser later on during the battle.

This engagement goes down in USN lore as "The last stand of the tin-can Navy " - "tin-cans" being slang for destroyers.

The near-suicidal attacks by USN destroyers on the cruisers and battleships of Center Force save most of Taffy 3's escort carriers from destruction.