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THE ROBERT LUNDGREN HISTORICAL RESOURCE Historian Anthony Tully, (co-author of "Shattered Sword - The Untold Story of The Battle of Midway"), Forum: 3 indispensable books for any Yamato enthusiast: Reconstruction of Yamato as she appeared during her Final Sortie in April 1945:
Historian Anthony Tully, (co-author of "Shattered Sword - The Untold Story of The Battle of Midway"), Forum:
3 indispensable books for any Yamato enthusiast:
Reconstruction of Yamato as she appeared during her Final Sortie in April 1945:
"Very near (bomb) misses land to port and starboard and in the water ahead. Time and again we plunge ahead into a forest of geysers.
Water, ten times more than a torrential shower, cascades in, almost shattering the ports of the bridge.
Chaos everywhere from the wild force of the water."
Yoshida Mitsuru, "Requiem for Battleship Yamato"
Once the hull had been breached by torpedo hits, even the near misses by the bombs did significant damage; the shock waves helped tear the torpedo holes open wider; additionally, the ship's primary armor "box" protecting the vulnerable midships turns out to be too rigidly constructed, and unable to bend under the shockwaves of the near misses (water is a much better conveyer of shock waves than air), causing rivets to pop and numerous additional small openings to pop open alongside the ship, making flood control that much more difficult due to the sheer scope and breadth of the leakage.