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, April 6-7, 1945 
 
A slightly later photo shows that the aft 6" turret has exploded, and is burning white hot behind the funnel; another near miss to port; the sides of the ship in this, and in the previous 3 photos writhe in the smoke from the constantly firing anti-aircraft machine guns.

This photo shows some of the carnage on decks already caused by bombs and strafing, in addition to the smoke from the Yamato's own guns.

Even more amazing, we see smoke rising from a bomb explosion at the lower front of the main tower, port side. Two open AA machine gun emplacements used to be there. As described by Ensign Yoshida in the following quote from his book, this was his classmate, Ensign Takada's post.Thus it appears that this photo was snapped just seconds after the direct hit that took Takada's life as Yoshida raced back towards the rear of the bridge from the ruined radar room.

Make sure that you click on "View Full-Size Image" as this is a large photo.

Yoshida:

"A wave of sound comes smashing toward me from astern. My legs tremble ominously..For shame. I have duties on the bridge. This isn't the place for me to die...

Head down, with one hand touching the handrail, I make a mad dash. My eyes see nothing at all.

The ship is steaming at full speed, and wind stirred up by her forward motion surges along the whole passageway.

Just as I start to scramble up the ladder at the base of the main tower, my eyes go taut - perhaps because my whole body is so keyed up: no sign of that machine-gun mount, Ensign Takada's post.

Heartsick, I turn my head and stare with wide-open eyes: a great gouged-out spot, and clouds of white smoke boiling up out of it - that is all.

People, guns, mount - in one instant wiped out without a trace?

Ensign Takada. Forgive me.

A moment ago, you shouted encouragement to me through the rain of bullets, but I was caught up in the danger to my men and did not respond. I ran on past without even a word of reply.

That you have met such a cruel death - is it because I was remiss in encouraging you?

You who were a good man and true, so adept at keeping everyone else's glass full. You of the white teeth, who often broke into a loud laugh.

With eyes squeezed shut, I race up the ladder...

I report immediately to the division officer. The air search radar, a crucial weapon of our defense against planes, has thus been destroyed at the start of the battle....

Lieutenant Usubuchi (in charge of the aft secondary guns) is killed by a direct hit.

The young warrior who was both wise and courageous leaves behind not one bit of flesh, not one drop of blood.

He hoped by dying to awaken new life. His body, offered up in the cause of a genuine national rebirth, has disappeared into thin air."

Yoshida Mitsuru, "Requiem for Battleship Yamato"