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'ichigo, April 6-7 1945 
 
"This giant body is left to total disintegration; its parts, lacking connection with each other, head separately on the path to destruction…

A chunk of human flesh, thin but the size of a man, hangs down from high atop an arm of the range finder and sways unceasingly.

Where did it come from? That's ten meters above the deck...Because of the excessive list, the shells of middle size and above cannot be moved. The carts carrying the shells would tip over; it is still more dangerous to carry them by hand.

The anti aircraft guns and the secondary guns are completely silent. Only the machine guns remain for the last desperate battle…

Countless bullets have poured in on the bridge. The attrition among the men is severe. A bomb falls at us from straight ahead, grows in almost no time - a black dot, a pebble, a spindle. Just as I hold my breath thinking it will land right on top of us, it whizzes past, barely missing our heads, and falls away."

Yoshida Mitsuru, "Requiem for Battleship Yamato"

Yamato is under attack during the third and final wave - note the geysers in the water near the aft of the ship, probably caused by US Navy planes' .50 cal machine gun fire. Look closely above Yamato - you can see 4 dots that are probably US Navy planes.

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