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 
 
"The pressure generated by the explosion of the fore magazine alone is not equal to that of the whirlpool.

While being tossed about in the whirlpool, my whole body absorbs the extraordinary concussion of the shock wave from the first explosion; I am thrust back, around, and up, crashing into a thick wall overhead.

This wall: the corpses of comrades who surfaced quickly and are now being baptized in the fiery rain.

Did they shield us with their bodies from the arrows of fire?..

Then, about twenty seconds later, the second explosion. Perhaps part of the aft magazine? This blast finally hurls my body up to the surface…

Had the second explosion come even five seconds later, my lungs would have burst. It would have been all over with me."

Yoshida Mitsuru, "Requiem for Battleship Yamato"

Note the three surviving destroyers circling the ship.

After 3 harrowing hours in the oil-covered water, Yoshida and 268 others are rescued by the destroyers Fuyutsuki and Hatsushimo.

The dead from Yamato alone number over 3,000 - making this the largest loss of life ever on a single warship.

446 men of the crew of Yahagi perish, along with another 500 or so on the 8 destroyers, only 3 of which make it back to port in Kure.

Against this score of 7 ships sunk and 4,000 men killed, the US Navy lost just 10 planes and 12 pilots.

Since the sinking of the Yamato, no nation has built another battleship.

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