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 
 
During the first attack, the Yamato and surviving destroyer escorts are zig-zagging. Yamato is smoking heavily from the several aft bomb hits described earlier and zig-zagging to avoid torpedoes..

Note that Yahagi has now fallen further behind the Yamato (see the light silhouette at the extreme upper left corner of the photo) and appears to be dead in the water.

On the extreme right of the photo, a towering plume of water from a bomb near miss on one of the destroyers is also visible.

"Bombs rain down squarely on the turrets, each equipped with the three 25 mm machine guns ...One after another the turrets fly up into the air.

The highest rises twenty meters, turns over several times, and then falls back down with a crash.

A scene of carnage with no place for the living.

Casualties among the machine gunners are staggering.

Moreover, because bombs have severed the wires, power outages follow in quick succession...electric-powered weapons turn one after the other into useless chunks of steel.

Firing the guns reverts necessarily to a matter of sighting down the barrel...

Our aim becomes even more inaccurate."

Yoshida Mitsuru, "Requiem for Battleship Yamato"

Colorized photo courtesy of Irootoko Jr.