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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Operation Ten-ichi-go, 6-7 April, 1944 
 
"The fourth wave comes flying at us from the port bow. More than 150 planes.

Several torpedoes gouge sections out of the port side.

Many bombs score direct hits on aft tower, aft deck.

The attack on the bridge becomes ever fiercer.

After the planes release their bombs and turn from side to side, they press in directly at the bridge with all guns blazing...

Coming in again and again on the ideal approach, precisely, exactly, calmly, they evoke in us a sense of exhilaration. Virtuosi. Theirs is a strength we cannot divine, a force we cannot fathom...

Suddenly a heavy weight falls on me from three directions - front, rear and left side. The sailors in front of me and behind me and the officer on my left, all within elbow-rubbing distance, have been struck down simultaneously....

Those three bodies, of Ensign Nishio and the two sailors, saved me by shielding me from flying shrapnel. We were less than a foot apart.

My uniform is red in several places, dyes with spatters of blood."

Yoshida Mitsuru, "Requiem for Battleship Yamato"

(Note that Yoshida's reference to the "fourth wave" is mistaken. From the ship, it appeared as if the Yamato was subjected to 5 waves of attacks, but US Navy records show that there were only 3 concentrated attacks on the ship.)

As the Yamato enters her death agony during the third attack wave, burning and clearly down at the bow, moving at about 12 knots at best, one of her remaining destroyers (Fuyutzuki or Suzutsuki) fires a salvo at Navy aircraft from her front 10cm batteries.

Note also Navy planes above Yamato (several tiny black dots including a plane that appears to be dive bombing in the air above the ship's funnel.

Photographed from a USS Yorktown (CV-10) plane.